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The lack of components has driven "makers" to devise inventive solutions
The dramatic lack of ventilators has been a recurring theme in the countries suffering from the pandemic. And one of the most daily news has been the 3D-printing of components to manufacture ventilators, sometimes attached to scuba diving masks. The applications of 3D printing, however, do not end there. 3D printers have also been used to build quarantine boxes. In China, for instance, they are ten square meter rooms with a shower and a restroom. Another application has been the manufacture of medical visors to protect healthcare workers. Not everything needs to be large-scale or ambitious projects, though. Just printing a small piece of plastic attachable to door handles so they can be opened with an elbow can help to curb the spread of the virus.