When it comes to a Covid-19 test, comfort isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. The initial mental image tends to be more along the lines of a long thin stick being shoved unceremoniously to the far reaches of the nasal cavity.
Some have called the sensation “brain-tickling,” which is just charming. As the pandemic continues on in late 2020, though, with case numbers still on the rise, testing equipment remains a major need around the globe. In order to properly diagnose cases and keep track of the spread, nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs are in great demand. With a novel virus quickly depleting existing testing swab stores, these products have been facing the difficulties of supply chain distortions alongside a need-it-now necessity. 3D Printed Nasopharyngeal Swabs A man leans back with a nasopharyngeal test swab in his nose. Among the supply chain responses that have proven most effective this year, 3D printing has been responding to the need for speedier manufacturing . This has included production of a significant amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing goods like NP swabs. In March, HP Inc. joined the companies across the additive manufacturing (AM / 3D printing) industry that turned […]
Once thought destined mainly for prototyping, additive manufacturing is now increasingly employed in the development...