Amidst global freight delays, healthcare institutions can now print medical-grade spare parts quickly for emergency use, through a powerful network.

In response to the ongoing global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare technology giant Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components.

The AM Network connects users, designers and 3D-print service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines, such as ventilators. The Siemens AM Network is available globally and covers the entire value chain from upload and simulation to checking the design up to the printing process and associated services.

Starting now, doctors, hospitals and organizations in need of medical devices—as well as designers and service providers with medically-certified printing capacities—can register for free access to the Siemens AM Network.

Said Klaus Helmrich, a member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO Siemens Digital Industries: “Having worked on additive manufacturing for years, we offer AM solutions along the entire value chain and can print 3D parts quickly according to acute demands. To help fight COVID-19, we have opened our AM Network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests.”

As part of the AM Network, Siemens’ designers and engineers can answer design requests and help convert designs into printable files. Afterwards, these components can be printed via medically certified 3D printers of partner companies in the AM Network.

In addition to numerous 3D printers from partner companies, Siemens’ 3D printing machines are also connected to the network and if suitable, will also be used to locally print components and spare parts for medical devices. Printing capacities from additional service providers can easily be added to the AM Network.