Berlin, 6 April 2020
MGA announces: Initiative “3D Printing fights Corona” | Go-Live of open platform weboostam.com featuring Corona-specific use cases for users and providers
On 2 April 2020, Mobility goes Additive e.V. has launched weboostam.com, an open online platform for the 3d printing market.
Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of MGA states: “We had the vision to create something bigger than a directory to portray our members. Now with weboostam.com we created an online platform that also provides AM use cases. Companies can now create their profiles for the database and edit their use cases to the listings.” Such platforms are of utmost importance, as recently illustrated under the spread of the Corona virus, where the need for technical parts and safety equipment to combat the pandemic is becoming acute.
Most recently, MGA had been called for help by the European Commission in the middle of March 2020. The request was to ask in their 3D printing community to produce medical equipment such as face shields, protective eyewear, face masks, custom-formed sterilium bottles and ventilation systems. The network instantly reacted with their initiative 3D Printing fights Corona, the reaction was instant and spectacular: within hours more than 300 companies reacted and offered 3d printing files, printer capacities or products.
“MGA has a strong community with almost 120 member companies and elaborated portfolios in additive manufacturing – as this central point of contact we support with defining 3D printing use cases and help to overcome hurdles”, outlines Stefanie Brickwede. “Fast and local production as well as digital supply chains are more important than ever – and additive manufacturing fulfills these attributes. We act as a facilitator between supplier and user – weboostam.com perfectly supports our goal.” For the current corona pandemic, a new use case category “COVID-19” has been installed to the open platform.
At present, MGA conducts virtual meetings with international contribution, experts from hospitals and industry twice a week where recent requirements are being addressed and ways forward to fight Corona with 3d printing are being discussed. In addition, the website medicalgoesadditive.org dedicated to the current pandemic had been set up containing use cases, FAQs, helpful links and newsroom.
MGA is also part of a joint initiative in cooperation with Airbus, Volkswagen and DB Schenker delivering 2,000 donated face shields to Spain this week.
About MGA (Mobility | Medical goes Additive)
MGA is the leading international network aiming to jointly push AM to industrial series production maturity. Its credo: to facilitate access to AM technology and reduce hurdles. With over 120 network members, MGA consolidates the forces of additive manufacturing in eleven agile working groups, addresses key issues of the hour and leads the market to more industrial applications.
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