Connecting the Design and Manufacturing Community

Keqing Song
Keqing Song April 6, 2020 4 min read
Communities and companies around the globe are coming together to help combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) in incredible ways. Information, ideas and available resources are all evolving so rapidly, it’s hard to keep up. Below are some of the best resources we know of that we hope can help you find ways to get involved.



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Open-source design efforts


Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies, is a key group that is crowdsourcing solutions to address the diminishing stock of medical equipment around the world. They are mobilizing thousands of doctors, engineers, professional fabricators and makers all over the world to generate open source medical supply plans, build a library of medical supply requirements and designs, and create distributable plans for organizing effective local response to medical supply chain interruption. Here are some ways you can learn more and get involved.


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An aggregated list of Manufacturing related COVID-19 Open Source Projects and Resources compiled by Dragon Innovation

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Join a global coalition of makers, engineers, and manufacturers collaborating with medical professionals to provide healthcare workers with the PPE they need to continue the COVID-19 fight

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Join a coalition of footwear, retail and beauty brands led by Rothy’s who are sharing materials and open sourcing patterns to produce and distribute PPE.

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Design Review and Validation


To support designs and products that are safe and reliable in a health care setting, America Makes, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the COVID-19 Health Care Needs and Additive Manufacturing (AM) Capabilities Repository, where additive manufacturers can upload 3D print designs to be reviewed and placed on the NIH 3D Print Exchange.


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Manufacturing on demand


What do you need help making? As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, there is a growing need for supplies to protect medical workers and first responders. Many of these devices (or parts for them) can be 3D printed, molded, or machined. With a network of over 4,000 manufacturing facilities around the world, Xometry stands ready to help make the supplies that are so desperately needed.


Fictiv is a Global Manufacturing Ecosystem that delivers quality parts at unprecedented speeds for engineers and supply chain managers. Get an instant quote through their easy-to-use cloud platform.

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Xometry provides fast prototype to production scaling in 3D Printing, CNC Machining, and Injection Molding through its network of 4,000 manufacturers worldwide.
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Fast Radius is helping the medical community respond to the coronavirus pandemic by manufacturing critical PPE and supplies for first responders.

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Through, hospitals can learn the location of available 3D printing support nearby. 3D printing hubs, experts, and designers can register on to be directly contacted by hospitals for advise and support on creating and obtaining the parts they need most.

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Digital platform for electronics manufacturing from prototype to high scale production, with a network of factories across North America.

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Dragon Innovation (acquired by Avnet in 2017) provides solutions for the fastest, simplest, and safest way for companies to manage manufacturing complex products at scale. We help you plan and execute your manufacturing strategy as you launch complex products through ongoing production and beyond.

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Formlabs is working closely with health systems, government agencies, and our network of over 3,000 user volunteers to design, prototype, and produce parts, including nasal swabs and PPE utilizing stereolithography.

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We are actively working with local medical services to develop products to help front line workers stay safe. Applying our combination of engineering, design and manufacturing skills to produce machined and moulded components.

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Safety goggles and facial mask adjusters are key medical PPE supplies and tools for fighting COVID-19. Farsoon now shares the designs for all to download and produced from your home or local facilities.

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People Power ISAIC, Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center. As a non-profit, we are committed to people. Right now that means producing PPE to help safeguard people who are helping us all. Order Protective Disposable Gowns and Protective Pleated Masks to protect your people while supporting our mission of talentforce development for domestic apparel manufacturing.

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Tech2B is a B2B platform for the entire manufacturing industry, to accelerate digitalization, standardization and security, aiming to cause improved communication and collaboration. The community is composed of demand and supply businesses across Western Europe.

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