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Why 3D Printing Brisbane Professionals Look Into Silicone for Breathing Apparatus Production?

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It’s been several months now since COVID-19 started plaguing the world. As of this writing, this pandemic is exhausting at an alarming rate the healthcare resources of many nations around the globe, both developed and developing. 

COVID-19 patients who are in dire need of intensive care and ventilation support are on the rise. Scenarios like this are driving the demand for breathing masks and other related respiration support devices to rise to the point that their production now becomes a top-priority among medical manufacturing firms to fill in orders from different parts of the globe.  

3D Printing Brisbane Milestones for Production of Silicone Mask Seals

The use of silicone 3D printing for breathing mask seal attachments is one unique case. 3D printing firms not just here in the country but in other parts of the globe are suddenly facing a seemingly insurmountable amount of challenge in the manufacture of such a huge volume of products. 

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3-dimensional printing or additive manufacturing is conventionally centered on the creation or production of solid and hard objects such as items made from ceramic, metal, and plastic. But this is seldom done with soft silicone objects because they are almost always manufactured using injection molding technique, a process that fuses all its components at around 300 degrees.  

Even if 3D printing firms find a way of filling in the void in supply for mask seals, there are other hurdles to confront here. Delivery efforts for 3D printed mask seals and other associated medical products are stymied by lockdown measures in many countries. Not to mention also are active embargo sanctions on some international flights. 

Such scenarios described above are causing international customers to wait for their order to arrive or get delivered to them from several days to a couple of weeks earlier than they normally would. Switzerland, though, is one exception here because the Swiss Post is giving a good guarantee that they will deliver posts at all times. 

While many 3-dimensional printing firms are acknowledging the handful of operational challenges they are facing associated with the COVID-19 conditions, many of them take good delight at the opportunity presented to them to continuously thrive in an increasingly competitive global market.  

What Makes 3D Silicone Printing the Better Alternative During the COVID-19 Pandemic? 

The underlying reason why there is an increasing demand for 3D printed silicone medical and mask seal products lies in one of its unique attributes, it is highly customizable. 

3D printing or additive manufacturing using silicone is a notch higher and better than injection molding because it can handle production/creation of highly intricate shapes, while at the same time it remains cheaper and would require only simpler production technique since it takes away the need for molds but lends itself instead to automation. 

What does this signify to us then? 

It only goes to show that it can be taken advantage of to mass-produce custom-built parts and components, and any client can benefit from this. The country’s medical community sees this, hence, it is utilizing the additive manufacturing sphere or the 3D printing Brisbane industry for this purpose.  

3D printing Brisbane organizations that are pioneers in this method of production with the use of silicone, are of course, at a greater advantage. Now the goal of this additive manufacturing firm is not solely focused on raking in profits but it’s now more on giving their tad contribution to help in saving the lives of people getting infected with COVID-19. 

  

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What Does the Experts Say About the Coronavirus Thriving in Pool Water?

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Water is crucial to the existence of life on the planet, it is especially very important to us  humans. We drink water, clean our bodies using water to bathe, cook our food with it, and so much more. Simply put, our very life depends on it. 

For recreational and relaxation purposes, we swim in a pool of water, too. 

As a matter of fact, 60% of the human body is composed of water. Therefore, it is safe to say that we are practically living in it.  When you turn on the tap for a glass of water, do you wonder also if the novel coronavirus that led to the COVID-19 pandemic could thrive in it also.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) unanimously declared that, at the moment, there is no strong evidence that will suggest that the coronavirus can spread to people via water. Thus, there is no reason to fret about the safety and security of the public water supply.  

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It is a different story though when it comes to aquatic recreational centers like water parks and playgrounds as well as community swimming pools.  The million dollar question we have here is, can the coronavirus thrive in pool water? Can it spread to people through water? 

A Community Swimming Pool is Safe 

(Provided It Is Well Maintained and Properly Disinfected)

During the warm, sunny months of summer it is a bit of a wonder to many if the COVID-19 is going to have an adverse impact on the pool season.  

The office of the CDC made a public statement that it is highly unlikely for the new coronavirus to survive in a public pool, provided that the water entertainment facility is properly maintained and highly sanitized. This includes checking out and making proper adjustments to the pool water’s chlorine and pH levels on a regular basis. 

In addition, they also hinted that there are no indications or solid evidence that show that the COVID-19 can spread to people via pool water or hot tub. So this goes to show that it is safe to go to community pools, so long as they are properly maintained and well sanitized. But if you have the luxury of space in your backyard, we’d encourage you to consider looking for a swim spa for sale instead.  

Installing your own hot tub with Australian spa parts is a much better alternative than going out to an aquatic spa center.

As the national and global economy gradually opens its doors again soon,  community swimming pools and aquatic recreational centers will be teeming with people again. 

Observing Safety Measures While At Lakes, Beaches, and Rivers

Unlike water recreational parks and community pools, rivers, lakes, and oceans – these  natural bodies of water are not treated or disinfected to exterminate whatever microbial life forms may be harboring in them. However, the natural course of movement for these bodies of water, as well as the sheer size they are in, actually will make up for that. 

The larger the size of the body of water, the higher the odds that the novel coronavirus contamination will quickly get diluted to that level in which infecting people will not likely occur. Besides, running water and waves will also significantly disperse whatever kind of viral or microbial contamination that may exist. 

When trying to restrict the spread of COVID-19, we will see a much larger concern at a lake, beach, or river, and that is the increased possibility that a person-to-person infection will occur when throngs of people begin to form. 

If you should ever go to open air bodies of water like rivers, lakes or beaches, it is vital that you still observe social distancing from everyone. Otherwise you are putting yourself in harm’s way of getting infected with the coronavirus, not through the body of the water itself but by person-to-person infection.