Biesse helps Covid-19 fight with 3D printer use14 April 2020
Italian woodworking machinery giant Biesse is using its 3D printing technology to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for local hospitals.
Pesaro-based Biesse had already made a donation for the purchase of technology to help critical patients and conducted a fund-raising campaign.
Now its unit which handles additive manufacturing is using its 3D printer – normally used for batch production and to create prototypes for Biesse's tech solutions – have been perfecting a prototype for the production of PPE to Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, comprising local hospitals in Pesaro and Fano.
Specifically, visors are being manufactured to provide important protection for the mouth and eyes by shielding the whole face against infection, thereby protecting doctors, nurses and all healthcare workers.
The product is entirely made in Biesse: the frame for the visor is 3D printed at the plant in Via della Meccanica, while the protective transparent visor is manufactured by Axxembla, a unit owned by the group that usually produces the protective coverings for machines.
Machining operations have been entrusted to a Rover Plast A FT, Biesse's solution for machining advanced materials.
“We immediately offered to use our 3D printer to help with the health emergency and checked which of the products that hospitals need most, due to current market shortages, we would be able to produce,” said Roberto Selci, Biesse Group CEO.
“We decided to manufacture and donate the visors to Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord to offer tangible support for those who are on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 every day.”
“We monitored all the devices produced with 3D printers online,” added Michele Tombari, director of the relevant mechanical technology centre, “in order to put our competencies and technology at work in the service of those who are battling the virus directly”.