But we realise we have a responsibility to do more than that. And as our success over the years has been built on the foundation provided by our engineering capabilities and R&D expertise, harnessing these talents within our business to support the medical fightback against coronavirus was a natural evolution.
Our R&D teams in Spain have been exploring the potential of 3D printing for steel solutions for some time. After being contacted by Spain’s national representative for the global Makers Movement at the beginning of the pandemic, their 3D printing expertise was put to valuable use, playing an integral role in the development of a ventilator prototype. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the team has designed and produced two ventilator models, intrusive ventilators and CPAP, which have already received the technical approval of the Spanish Drug Agency and Ethical Committee validation for entering clinical research with COVID-19 patients. The Asturias team produced and delivered 27 ventilators to Liberia, Brazil and the Dominican Republic, and has received further requests from Mexico, Colombia, Chile and more.