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03-21-2020

3D Printing Helps Contain the Coronavirus

Hands Free Door Opener from Materialise

3D Printing technology may lend a hand in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. Materialise, Leuven, Belgium, has designed a 3D printed door opener that makes it possible to open and close doors with your arm, removing the need for direct contact with door handles. The company is offering the printable design for free and calling upon the global 3D printing community to 3D print the door opener and make it available all around the world.

  • Materialise has designed a 3D printed attachment for door handles to avoid direct contact with the door handle (© Materialise)

    Materialise has designed a 3D printed attachment for door handles to avoid direct contact with the door handle (© Materialise)

  • The door opener consists of two parts that can be screwed together and can be produced on any 3D printer (© Materialise)

    The door opener consists of two parts that can be screwed together and can be produced on any 3D printer (© Materialise)

  • The design for the opener can be downloaded free of charge from the Materialise website (© Materialise)

    The design for the opener can be downloaded free of charge from the Materialise website (© Materialise)

  • To have the right solution for different situations... (© Materialise)

    To have the right solution for different situations... (© Materialise)

  • ... would like to offer different designs (© Materialise)

    ... Materialise would like to offer different designs (© Materialise)

  • The component is designed so that it can be attached to the door handle without major installation work (© Materialise)

    The component is designed so that it can be attached to the door handle without major installation work (© Materialise)

  • If you do not have access to a 3D printer or a service provider for additive manufacturing, you can order the door opener from Materialise (© Materialise)

    If you do not have access to a 3D printer or a service provider for additive manufacturing, you can order the door opener from Materialise (© Materialise)

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Easy to Install

Experts believe that COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for an extended time, and door handles represent a high risk of contamination. The 3D printed door opener can be attached to existing door handles and features a paddle-shaped extension that allows people to open and close doors with their arm instead of their hands. For safety reasons, not all doors can remain open and by removing the need to touch door handles, the 3D printed door opener can help to reduce the spread of the virus.

The hands-free door opener can be fitted to a door handle without drilling holes or replacing the existing door handle. The first model can be attached to cylindrical handles but Materialise plans to introduce additional designs using different 3D printing technologies as needed in response to the spread of the Coronavirus.

Free Download of the Design

The idea for the 3D printed door handle originated at an internal meeting to define measures to protect Materialise employees and visitors. It soon became clear that more people could benefit from this design and the company decided to make it available for free. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can download the design and 3D print it locally in a matter of hours. Through this technology, the 3D printed door opener could become available all over the world very quickly. In 2018 more than half a million 3D printers were sold globally. The file can be downloaded here.

People who don’t have access to a 3D printer or a local 3D print factory can also order the door opener via the i.materialise portal.

Advantages of Decentralized Production

3D printing is a digital manufacturing technology that makes it possible to create products quickly and in small batches. 3D printing also makes it possible to manufacture locally. As travel and transport become more difficult, the ability to manufacture locally becomes more important.

“The power of 3D printing in combination with Materialise’s three decades of 3D printing expertise made it possible to turn an idea into an innovative product in less than 24 hours,” says Fried Vancraen CEO of Materialise. “By making the design available digitally, it can be produced on 3D printers everywhere and become available around the world in a matter of hours. In this case, we designed the product in Belgium and people in China, Europe or the U.S. can now 3D print the door opener locally.”

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Materialise

Technologielaan 15
BE 3001 LEUVEN
Tel.: +32 16 396611
Fax: +32 16 396600

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