EMAG uses 3D Printing to Fight COVID-19!

3D Printed Door Handle Click image to enlarge

We've been working hard to implement safety measures to keep our team healthy when we return to work. There was one area we struggled to find a safe solution for - door handles. So one of our employees used a 3D printer to create a solution.

Article submitted by EMAG L.L.C.

A few weeks ago, EMAG started to examine workplace safety in regards to the current pandemic situation and quickly came up with a long list of new safety measures to avoid the spread of the virus. Over the past couple of weeks our employees have been working hard to implement these measures, making us confident that all workplaces are now designed so that the spread of infection within the company is almost impossible. Strict hygiene rules are being upheld throughout the company, and the minimum 2 meter (6 feet) social distancing measures are followed. However, there was one area that the team struggled to find a safe solution for – door handles.

Throughout the company people were trying to avoid door handles, using their forearms and elbows to open doors as much as possible. This trick works well, as long as you can push the doors open, if you have to pull it, it becomes much more difficult. A company called "Materialise" also recognized this, and developed a product for the domestic 3D printer, and than it made the manufacturing data free to download on its website.

One of EMAG's employees, who himself is a hobbyist in 3D printing, had the idea of using this product in the company as well, so he began to produce this hands free door opener. However, the design of the door opener had to be adapted to everyday industrial use. Doors in an industrial company with so many employees are used much more frequently, and the doors are typically much heavier than those at home. Therefore, EMAG had to customize the files for its own purposes.

We would like to share the design and manual for the industrial door opener on our website for free to support the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

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