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No chance for microbes

Dear Sir or Madam,

In the cold season I often see people trying to open doors with their long-sleeve over their hands or with an elbow. Certainly not the most elegant way to avoid skin contact with potential microbes on door handles, but quite effective. Unfortunately, this technique does not work for patients and hospital staff. For this reason, researchers work on new surface coatings on which viruses and bacteria have no chance of survival. How they work and where to find them you can read in our current Special.

Have fun reading,

Simone Ernst
Editorial team

PS: If you are interested in 3D printing, then take a look at our latest video. Production and material selection are explained here!


Special: Coatings against microbes
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Hygiene: coatings against microbes


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They are everywhere: microbes. Many of them are useful. Others can make us sick. Especially in hospitals, old people's homes and medical practices, they can pose a danger through transmission. For example, when an immunocompromised patient comes into contact with MRSA. Special coatings could help.
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Hygiene: coatings against microbes
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3D-printed medical devices


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Medical technology devices are produced throughout the world. 3D printing has proven to be the most efficient technique for this endeavor. Aside from fast and cost-effective production, medical devices must expressly meet the highest quality standards. At igus GmbH, we gained insights into 3D printer manufacturing and material selection and learned how the products are being tested in the laboratory.
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From work order to highly precise manufacturing - 3D-printed medical devices
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