Volkswagen, a German carmaker stated that it was joining other makers across the universe to examine utilizing additive manufacturing to create hospital air-conditioners to battle the coronavirus.
Governments are engaging automobile makers as well as Ford, General Motors, Nissan, and Ferrari to boost the manufacturing of ventilators and other equipment to manage the quick-spreading illness.
Speaking in a statement, the automaker stated that it had gathered a task group, was experimenting with materials and monitoring supply connections to see how it may utilize additive manufacturing to assist in the production of hospital fans and other life-saving machines.
“Medical equipment is a new field for us. But as soon as we understand the requirements, and receive a blueprint, we can get started,” said Volkswagen adding that prototype pieces had been printed and its Skoda arm was part of the plan.
A spokesperson stated the Wolfsburg-based firm, which has over 125 manufacturing 3D printing machines, was in close communication with authorities and other governments.
General Motors stated it was cooperating with Ventec Life Systems to allow the medical machine maker to obtain the US automaker’s expertise and logistics to create more air-conditioners.
“We are working closely with Ventec to rapidly scale up production of their critically important respiratory products to support our country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mary Barra, the GM CEO. The sports vehicle brand Porsche by Volkswagen also stated it wished to assist in aid endeavors.
“We are collecting ideas about what we could do in terms of humanitarian help,” says Oliver Blume, Chief Executive.
Munich-based vehicle maker BMW stated it too was willing to assist. “The production of components using 3D printing technology is a possibility,” it explained.
Sweden’s vehicle maker Volvo encouraged all authorities to take the situation with a lot of seriousness and limit trips.
“I think for the economy, we need to do something drastic, rather than trying half-hearted measures that drag on forever,” said Hakan Samuelsson, the Chief Executive.
The automotive sector’s chances of recovery depend on coordinated action. This is according to Samuelsson’s revelation in an interview.
“There is a big difference between countries. Some have curfews, with restaurants and schools closed. In other countries, there are less drastic measures. I just think we need to synchronize that more.”