Materialise's 3D Printed Hands-Free Door Opener Eliminates Direct Contact With Door Handle

3D Printing Technology Supports Coronavirus Containment Efforts

LEUVEN, Belgium, March 16, 2020 — (PRNewswire) —  3D printing technology may lend a hand in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. Materialise, a Belgium-based pioneer in 3D printing, has designed a 3D printed door opener that makes it possible to open and close doors with your arm, removing the need for direct contact with door handles. The company is offering the printable design for free and calling upon the global 3D printing community to 3D print the door opener and make it available all around the world.

Experts believe that the Coronavirus can survive on surfaces for an extended time, and door handles represent a high risk of contamination. The 3D printed door opener can be attached to existing door handles and features a paddle-shaped extension that allows people to open and close doors with their arm instead of their hands. For safety reasons, not all doors can remain open and by removing the need to touch door handles, the 3D printed door opener can help to reduce the spread of the virus.

The hands-free door opener can be fitted to a door handle without drilling holes or replacing the existing door handle. The first model can be attached to cylindrical handles and Materialise plans to introduce additional designs using different 3D printing technologies as needed in response to the spread of the Coronavirus.

The idea for the 3D printed door handle originated at an internal meeting to define measures to protect Materialise employees and visitors. It soon became clear that more people could benefit from this design and the company decided to make it available for free. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can download the design and 3D print it locally in a matter of hours. Through this technology, the 3D printed door opener could become available all over the world very quickly. In 2018 more than half a million 3D printers were sold globally. The file can be downloaded at https://www.materialise.com/en/hands-free-door-opener

3D printing is a digital manufacturing technology that makes it possible to create products quickly and in small batches. 3D printing also makes it possible to manufacture locally. As travel and transport become more difficult, the ability to manufacture locally becomes more important.

"The power of 3D printing in combination with Materialise's three decades of 3D printing expertise made it possible to turn an idea into an innovative product in less than 24 hours," says Fried Vancraen CEO of Materialise. "By making the design available digitally, it can be produced on 3D printers everywhere and become available around the world in a matter of hours. In this case, we designed the product in Belgium and people in China, Europe or the U.S. can now 3D print the door opener locally."

People who don't have access to a 3D printer or a local 3D print factory can also order the door opener via the i.materialise portal. A set of two hands-free door openers, including screws, is available for 40 euro. Materialise has three decades of experience in 3D printing and runs one of the largest 3D print factories in the world.

Photos and video of the door opener and 3D printing process are available at mtls.me/door-opener

About Materialise
Materialise incorporates three decades of 3D printing experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services, which together form the backbone of the 3D printing industry. Materialise's open and flexible solutions enable players in a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, automotive, aerospace, art and design, and consumer goods, to build innovative 3D printing applications that aim to make the world a better and healthier place. Headquartered in Belgium, with branches worldwide, Materialise combines the largest group of software developers in the industry with one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world. For additional information, please visit: www.materialise.com.

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