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Stop the Coronavirus Spread with 3D-Printing

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March 24, 2020 14:21

I like the idea, and downloaded them. They can be of use even apart from virus concerns, sometimes increasing accessibility for people who may have impaired use of their hands.
Also, while I have and utilize 3D printers myself, I keep in mind that sometimes other construction methods are faster or stronger. Don't forget woodworking, metalworking, or even string/twine and rod or coat hanger. Or a combination of 3D printing and other fabrication methods and materials. 3D printing can be great when you need to adapt to non-flat surfaces - although it may take significant skills (along with a 3D cad program like DesignSpark Mechanical) and some expertise to design the "match" to more than the simplest curved surfaces. An example of using materials and techniques to their best advantage might be using a relatively small 3D-printed adapter to go between a wooden paddle and the irregular-shaped handle you are trying to attach it to, and a piece of rubber between the 3D-printed part and the handle to help better match the 3D-printed surface to the handle, reducing the modeling precision needing in defining the mate to the handle surface.

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March 24, 2020 14:22

Great to see how 3D printing and the maker scene can help in this situation!
But please also try to get informed well and try to avoid dubious sources of information these days. The actual state of knowledge about the infection path of COVID-19 is the following:
There is little evidence that the virus is spread by contact of objects. The main infection path is an airborne infection by breath droplets. Although the virus survives on surfaces from 2 hours up to 9 days, it seems to lose its pathogenicity very quick.
Nevertheless, not touching public used surfaces with your fingers make sense these days. But remember the main method of prevention should always be to often wash your hands carefully for at least 30 seconds after touching public surfaces and not to touch your face before you have washed your hand. And even more important and the only practical measure to reduce airborne infection is to keep at least 1.5 meter distance to other people.

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