Think before you print
We love your enthusiasm! And we firmly believe that local 3D printing can supply a real need for many applications – maybe even for:
Personal protective equipment (PPE)
Spare parts for medical equipment
Add-ons for medical equipment and PPE, like splitters, adapter pieces, etc.
But times are changing quickly. And as initiatives progress, it's clear that there are still many questions and ambiguities around what to do and (maybe even more importantly) what not to do.
So we put together these guidelines so you can feel more confident that the help you provide is really helping others.
It's important to remember:
Medical applications have safety measures for good reasons
Regarding these applications, medical professionals should decide what's needed and we should only act on their request. For example, at Ultimaker, we recognize we are a manufacturer of 3D printers – we are not necessarily equipped to manufacture medical parts
3D printing may not be the best option. Other technologies might be more suitable
Provide all relevant info. A disclaimer should cover intended use, user, use environment, and limitations for use. And who is responsible for use and testing before use