3DQue Provides Sustainable Solutions for Health Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic

Entrepreneurial venture paves the way in sterilizable materials for printing 3D medical supplies.

Entrepreneurial venture paves the way in sterilizable materials for printing 3D medical supplies.

3DQue Systems Inc. has broadened its operations to serve businesses impacted by disruptions in global supply chains by providing critical components and supplies. In collaboration with a range of industries, they are providing parts vital to lessening the economic and health impact of the virus, the company says This initiative was made in an effort to help protect professionals in the health system and keep relevant companies in the manufacturing ecosystem in operation.

3DQue is part of several industry and professional organizations leading the design of products for 3D printing of scarce health necessities. 3DQue’s automated suite of printers puts the team in a position to produce 10,000-20,000 headbands for face shields and mask extenders per week locally in order to alleviate hospital and healthcare supply shortages without jeopardizing social distancing protocols. They are working with collaborators all over the world to help design solutions and source sterilizable materials suitable for producing thousands of units of medical supplies no longer available due to closed borders or lack of stock from factory closures and other disruptions in the supply chain.

“In the wake of COVID-19, we were presented with two pressing issues we knew we had the potential to solve, the economic and human implications of the virus” says Stephanie Sharp, co-founder & CEO, 3DQue. “By expanding the breadth of our business to provide solutions to lessen the economic impact of the virus, we are addressing supply chain issues. This will directly benefit both vulnerable front-line health care workers and the communities they serve,” she adds.

Stephanie Sharp, along with her co-founder and Chief of Innovations, Mateo Pekic, began incubating 3DQue through entrepreneurship@UBC’s venture creation program in 2019. Through market validation training, leveraging the practical expertise of industry experts and access to the Hatch Makerspace, 3DQue were able to take their innovation from idea to commercialization in less than 6 months and are now able to scale up to service the needs of a global pandemic with capacity to produce 10,000 parts/week coming online next week.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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