German car manufacturer Volkswagen stated Friday it was joining different manufacturers all over the world to discover using 3D printing to build hospital ventilators to combat the coronavirus.
Governments are enlisting auto manufacturers along with Ford, General Motors and Nissan to boost production of ventilators and different gear they’re short of to treat the fast-spreading illness.
In a statement, Volkswagen stated it had assembled a task force, was testing supplies and checking supply networks to see the way it can use 3D printing to help build hospital ventilators and other life-saving equipment.
A spokesperson stated the Wolfsburg-based, multi-brand firm, which has over 125 industrial 3D printers, was in contact with governments and other authorities to assess requirements.
General Motors, in an announcement, stated it was working with Ventec Life Systems to allow the medical device manufacturer to leverage the U.S. automaker’s logistics and technology to make more ventilators.
Volkswagen’s sports car model Porsche stated Friday it needed to help in relief attempts. “We’re collecting ideas about what we might do in terms of humanitarian help,” CEO Oliver Blume stated on a call to discuss earnings.
Munich-based car manufacturer BMW stated it too was ready to help. “The manufacturing of parts utilizing 3D printing technology is a possibility,” it said.
Sweden’s car manufacturer Volvo urged all authorities to take the disaster equally seriously and limit movements.