Quebec customer Jewish General Hospital increases 3D printing capacity to help fight COVID-19

Article by Karen Majerly created/updated May 11, 2020

At Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital, increasing additive manufacturing capacity recently became an urgent need. As the main site for COVID-19 patients in the Montreal area, hospital staff recognized the need for more in-house production of protective face shields and ventilator components.

Supported by donor Dr. Sharon Azrieli, recent purchases from Javelin include two Stratasys Fortus 450 mc 3D printers and one F170 printer, all dedicated to COVID-19-related production using FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) materials.

Jewish General Hospital

Jewish General Hospital in Montreal

FDM Technology and Javelin Support

FDM technology works with engineering-grade thermoplastics to build strong, long-lasting parts that can be sterilized. Advanced FDM 3D printers have large build envelopes and material capacities, delivering longer, uninterrupted build times, bigger parts, and higher quantities.

Fortus 450mc

Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer

Javelin provided printer installation and training during the week of April 6, 2020 and critical part production began the week of April 13. Javelin’s national sales manager Maxime Lacouture said Javelin is proud to play a role in the hospital being able to make its own essential equipment.

“We have equipped the new Sharon Azrieli Creative Space with a fleet of Stratasys 3D printers that enable production now and will meet evolving needs. We know this technology will see valuable use far beyond the end of this pandemic. Applications span from patient-specific devices, such as surgical guides, orthotics, and prosthetics, to patient education models and clinician learning tools.”

Maxime Lacouture – National Sales Manager

The Binah.ai App

Jewish General Hospital also made news for its intended use of a smartphone app that measures a person’s vital signs without having to touch them. The Binah.ai app can accurately measure heart rate, heart rate variability (HRV), respiration and oxygen saturation levels, and mental stress levels – all without any contact. The app is currently in the testing phase, starting in the hospital’s Emergency Department.

Javelin sends thanks and appreciation to the hardworking, innovative staff at the Jewish General Hospital.

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Karen Majerly is a communications specialist and freelance writer who helps remarkable people tell rich stories. Say hello at communicationsatwork@sympatico.ca or tweet @KarenMajerly.