3D-printed door opener to fight the virus
Materialise provides free download of 3D-printable design
2020/03/17 — 3D printing technology may lend a hand in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. Materialise has designed a 3D printed door opener that makes it possible to open and close doors with your arm, removing the need for direct contact with door handles. The company is offering the printable design for free and calling upon the global 3D printing community to 3D print the door opener and make it available all around the world.
Experts believe that the Coronavirus as well as other virus types can survive on surfaces for an extended time, and door handles represent a high risk of contamination. The 3D printed door opener can be attached to existing door handles and features a paddle-shaped extension.
First model for cylindrical handles
The hands-free door opener can be fitted to a door handle without drilling holes or replacing the existing door handle. The first model can be attached to cylindrical handles and Materialise plans to introduce additional designs using different 3D printing technologies as needed in response to the spread of the Coronavirus.
The idea for the 3D printed door handle originated at an internal meeting to define measures to protect Materialise employees and visitors. It soon became clear that more people could benefit from this design and the company decided to make it available for free. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can download the design and 3D print it locally in a matter of hours.