UK 3D printing company Ricoh 3D has offered to help manufacture ventilators for coronavirus patients during the ongoing pandemic.

The Telford-based company has been in touch with the government to confirm its willingness to support the increased mass manufacturer of medical ventilators.

The company says that its additive manufacturing and workforce would be useful in producing the components required for the quick, cost-effective production of components for ventilators.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has recently issued a plea for manufacturers to help assist in an increase in the number of ventilator machines available to the NHS, with the UK only having 5,000 of the vital breathing aides at present.

Ricoh 3D’s Mark Dickin said: “New ventilators are urgently required as the coronavirus crisis intensifies. Additive manufacturing will have a vital role to play in this as the technology is capable of producing bespoke parts quickly and cheaply.

“We have registered our willingness to help in any way. Our team of experts are on standby to design and produce any required parts at a moment’s notice. These are unprecedented times and businesses, as well as individuals, need to do everything possible to save lives.”

The company’s previous medical projects include the development of a lever-hinge mechanism for ankle-foot orthotics while the firm was also involved in producing new technology which sees limbs scanned and precisely replicated using 3D printing prior to operation. It can also produce surgical instruments via additive manufacturing.

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