General Info

Fighting COVID-19 with 3D Printing

America Makes has joined forces with the FDA, NIH, and VA to be the bridge connecting the needs of health care providers with manufacturers capable of 3D printing much needed supplies.

Health Care Providers

Request equipment, like face shields, and we’ll connect you with a manufacturer.Request Equipment »

Manufacturers

Submit your additive manufacturing capabilities to deliver much needed supplies to health care providers.Submit Capabilities »

Designers

Share your 3D print designs to help with the COVID-19 crisis.Share Designs »
FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Why was this repository put together?

A1: America Makes has developed this repository to address equipment shortages resulting from COVID-19.  This repository will aid in connecting U.S. healthcare providers who submit their equipment requests to industry partners in the U.S. additive manufacturing supply chain.  America Makes has partnered with its member, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), to help ensure the additive manufacturing industry can effectively and safely meet the needs of America’s healthcare workers on the front lines of the Coronavirus crisis.

Q2: Who is America Makes and why are they gathering this information?

A2: America Makes is the Department of Defense’s Manufacturing Innovation Institute (DoD MII) for additive manufacturing. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation.

Comprised of member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, the America Makes membership community is working together to innovate and accelerate AM to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness.

Our mission is to drive collaboration within our industry to meet the needs of the U.S. government and manufacturing base. Our mission could not be clearer than it is today with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the pending supply shortages throughout the country. We believe this repository will play a critical role in meeting the needs of front-line health care workers.

Q3: Who is this repository intended for?

A3: This repository is intended for U.S. manufacturers and 3D print designers that have the authority within their organization to speak on behalf of the company and dedicate necessary resources.

This site is also intended for authorized procurement representatives from within any U.S. healthcare system to communicate the needs of their work force.

America Makes is capturing the needs of the U.S. healthcare community, additive manufacturing capabilities of U.S. manufacturers, and publicly releasable 3D printing designs to be reviewed for meeting quality and medical standards and usability in production to address equipment shortages within the health care community.  Examples of such equipment may include face shields, respirators, masks, and sharps containers.

Q4: What happens to the information collected in this website?

A4: The data collected will be used to:

    1. Act as a pathway for designs to be reviewed in accordance with relevant and necessary medical standards, and
    2. Connect the manufacturing community’s capability with the needs of the health care community to streamline supply chain structure
Q5: Will this website really meet the needs of the supply chain in real time?

A5: This website and the data collected are not intended to be an overnight solution for immediate needs. This collection process will streamline the emergency approval process for uploaded designs, allowing manufacturers to rapidly create those items to prioritize delivery where it is needed most.

Q6: We are an international company. Can we participate in the repository?

A6: We cannot ensure a place for international organizations within this effort for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is timing. We encourage any international organizations that have a capability or design to please still follow the appropriate pathway to submit your information through this site.

Q7: Who do I contact to get or give more information?

A7: Currently the most appropriate way to communicate with America Makes is via email. Contact us at covid19@americamakes.us. Due to the amazing response we are receiving fromdesign, manufacturing, and health care communities, we will respond to inquiries as soon as we possibly can.

To stay up to date with information, we encourage visitors to bookmark this page and return often for updates as they are released or sign up for email updates at https://www.americamakes.us/join-mailing-list/.

Q8: What is the NIH repository?

A8: The NIH 3D Print Exchange provides a searchable repository of open-source models in formats that are readily compatible for use in additive manufacturing equipment and 3d printers. Designs submitted through the America Makes process will be reviewed and vetted to ensure they meet quality and safety standards and are approved for medical use.

Q9: Is this site intended for just additive manufacturing or any manufacturing?

A9: At this time, the information America Makes is gathering is specifically focused on additive manufacturing (3d printing) however we completely appreciate and understand the many technologies that contribute to successful execution of additive manufacturing such as (but not limited to) post-processing technologies, finishing, inspection, and others.

Questions Related the the NIH 3D Print Exchange

Q10: Which designs are clinically tested, and in what order?

A10: We want to inform you of the process is for prioritizing clinical testing. Each submission is given a score. This score determines where the submission fits in the queue for testing.

Scoring includes the following criteria:

    1. Demand – Has this item been identified by the community and/or logistics supply chains as being in short supply or at risk of running out?
    2. Feasibility – Is this design printable as described, and does the design appear to reasonably work as described?
    3. Completeness – Is the submission complete, with detailed instructions on how the part will be printed and used?
Q11: What happens if your design is evaluated and it does not pass?

A11: If design flaws or other concerns, are discovered, you will be notified by email and given constructive feedback. The goal is to help make your design a success. After iteration, the design will be re-evaluated and if the concerns have been successfully addressed, the design will move to the clinically reviewed category.

Q12: What does Prototype mean?

All submissions begin the process as prototypes, with the exception of submissions requiring an emergency use authorization from FDA. These submissions will be placed into a category distinct from prototypes and will be clearly marked as “Warning – requires FDA approval”.

Q13: What can I do to speed up the review process of my proposal?

Designs that have been marked “Reviewed for clinical use” are a great resource for understanding what good documentation looks like. In general, you should provide information about the type of printer used to print your design, what types of materials should be used, identify any clinical indications of the design, and how the design should be constructed and used.

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