The COVID-19 Response

We are at war with the coronavirus. Markforged is committed to doing everything we can to assist the medical community in the fight against COVID-19. The 3D printer is one of the most powerful and flexible tools an engineer can bring to the fight. With our customers and partners combined, we have more than 10,000 globally distributed, cloud-connected industrial printers to contribute to the effort. With this community, we are pledging to support the creation of 20,000 face shields around the globe by providing material to qualifying organizations..

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UPDATE:Markforged is ramping production of nasal swabs. Fill out this form and we’ll contact you about availability

Fiberflex: 3D Printed Nasal Swabs For Covid-19 Testing

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Our Approach

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Testing

Knowing the location of the virus is the first step in stopping it, and we need to rapidly scale the volume of testing.

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Rapid PPE
(Personal Protection Equipment)

We need to keep our frontline fighters safe and healthy during the initial wave so they can keep fighting.

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Robust PPE

We need more durable solutions that can be worn for long periods of time, reused, and provide full protection.

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Patient Devices

Based on the experience of other geographies, we expect critical shortages of life-saving patient devices such as ventilators. We are trying to predict bottlenecks and creatively design around them.

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Supply Chain/Workflow
Optimization

In a fight like this, it’s all manufacturers on deck to supply critical items. As factory lines pivot and ramp, industrial 3D printers can quickly optimize supply chains and remove blockers. We are standing by, ready to assist any manufacturer who needs help.

Our Solutions

Fiberflex Rayon
Fiberflex Flocked

Fiberflex: 3D Printed Nasal Testing Swabs

The Problem

Testing and identifying COVID-19 infected patients is a critical step in the fight to slow down the spread of the pandemic. As global testing capacity has ramped up, a new shortage has emerged: the specialized swabs required to run the tests.

The Solution

Fiberflex Rayon is a 3D printed wrapped nylon non-sterile absorbent tip applicator developed to help overcome the current shortage of testing equipment. Fiberflex swabs were developed through a collaboration between the Harvard Army Collaboration, Markforged, the San Diego COVID Research Enterprise Network (SCREEN) initiative, Neurophotometrics, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California San Diego.

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Nasopharyngeal swabs with fiber tips are preferred by the FDA for sampling specimens.
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The swabs take less than three minutes to make.
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Rady’s Children’s Hospital San Diego, Neurophotometrics, Scripps Research Institute, and the University of California San Diego tested Fiberflex Rayon swabs in over fifty patients. Confirmed positive COVID-19 patients were re-tested three to fourteen days after their initial test with both the commercial swab and the 3D printed swab. Testing with the commercial swab detected the virus in most, but not all of the patients, while all of the Fiberflex Rayon swabs detected it. This suggests that the 3D printed swab may be more efficient at collecting viral particles and may reduce the rate of false negatives.
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Fiberflex Rayon's design couples a 3D printed nylon swab base with a wrapped rayon tip to gather the viral specimens. The nasopharyngeal swabs must be both flexible enough to enter the nasal cavity and strong enough to withstand significant mechanical force or torsion without break or shear. These swabs have been evaluated to meet the mechanical demands of clinical use and assessed to be comparable to the mechanical performance of commercial swabs through tensile and torsional testing.

Status

Markforged can currently produce 10,000 swabs/day and can scale to 100,000 swabs/day based on demand.

Status Update (4/7/2020): The 3D printed swabs in the project completed clinical validation with the institutional review board (IRB) at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and the University of California San Diego, and the hospital ordered 30,000 swabs from Neurophotometrics to test patients within their facility.

Status Update (4/13/2020): Markforged is currently making swabs to help address the swab shortage and working with partners to order and distribute the swabs.

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Fiberflex Rayon
Fiberflex Flocked

3D Printed Nasal Testing Swabs

The Problem

Testing and identifying COVID-19 infected patients is a critical step in the fight to slow down the spread of the pandemic. As global testing capacity has ramped up, a new shortage has emerged: the specialized swabs required to run the tests.

The Solution

Markforged has developed Fiberflex Flocked: novel flocked nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs for use in COVID-19 testing. We believe that these swabs have great potential to aid in the fight against COVID-19 for the following reasons:

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Nasopharyngeal swabs with fiber tips are preferred by the FDA for sampling specimens.
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Markforged swabs are a Nylon shaft flocked with Nylon fibers. Markforged’s proprietary flocking process radially aligns the fibers on the outer surface of the body of a flexible shaft. Such radial alignment of the flocking improves sample collection due to the increased surface area on the tip.
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Molecular diagnostics testing, typically PCR, is sensitive to reactivity and contamination. Since Markforged swabs do not contain adhesive, contamination risk is reduced.
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The Nylon shaft is flexible — it has a bend radius that enables sample collection to be performed with minimal risk of fracture or breakage.

Status

Status Update (4/7/2020): Markforged swabs are enrolled in multiple ongoing studies including programs at leading institutions such as UCSD, Rady Children’s Hospital, UCLA, Harvard, and BIDMC.

Medical Providers

Knowing the location of the virus is the first step in stopping it, and we need to rapidly scale the volume of testing.

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3D Printed Face Shields

The Problem

Face shields are critical in the fight against infectious disease: they shield eyes (an infection vector) and help to extend the lives of N95 masks by shielding them from direct droplet flow. Unfortunately, personal shields are in short supply and usually designed to be disposable. Because of this, medical professionals are either going without shields or using disposable shields long past their life expectancy.

The Solution

Markforged engineers have designed a reusable face shield that can be produced with any Markforged 3D printer. It consists of a 3D printed frame, a face shield cut from PETg, a piece of foam tape, and an off-the-shelf elastic band. The clear face shields can be removed and replaced in less than 30 seconds.

Status

Markforged has produced 500+ face shields and its partners and customers have produced 4,400+ more, which have been distributed to local hospitals and first responders. The response was overwhelmingly positive from our first-generation design and we’ve since incorporated great feedback into our second-generation design. We also decided to open-source the Generation 1 design, meaning that Markforged customers and partners can print their own face shields.

Status Update (5/5/2020): We are pledging to support 20,000 face shields around the globe by providing free Onyx to those who have 3D printed a high volume of face shields using the provided MFP. We’ve already started sending out free spools to organizations who qualify. If you’d like to apply, you can learn more here.

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Disclaimer

Markforged, Inc. ("Markforged") is engaged in the fight against COVID-19.  In its efforts, Markforged brings to bear its considerable 3D printing know-how and capability to rapidly respond to emergent logistics and supply chain shortages particularly those affecting our healthcare providers and individuals at-risk of illness.  Markforged is consulting with healthcare providers in many of Boston's world-renowned hospitals, and leading biotechnology and medical device companies to provide personal protective equipment, diagnostic test equipment, experimental 3D printing products, and information to users of its Markforged printers (the "Products") that are designed to provide a barrier, preventative, therapeutic and/or treatment for COVID-19.

Users, manufacturers, wearers, and patients and those associated with Products shall deem them safe for their intended purpose and agree that all access and use of Products is on an "As Is", "As Available" basis.  Markforged specifically disclaims all warranties, express and implied related to Products, including without limitation any representations and warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, fitness for use; non-infringement; and compliance with any regulatory standards.  Markforged is a manufacturer of 3D printers, consumable printing materials, software, and related services.  Please consider obtaining counsel regarding compliance with use in regard to any local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or rules.