The hospital, in Brescia, had 250 coronavirus patients in intensive care and the valves are created to be used for a maximum of eight hours at a time.
Cristian Fracassi, a chief executive at Isinnova, an independent research institute in Italy, and mechanical engineer Alessandro Romaioli teamed up to aid the hospitals need for new valves.
In speaking of cooperation, another local Italian company, Lonati SpA, later joined the cause by printing more of the 3D valves on their machines, providing a solid number for the overrun Italian hospital.
A Bostonian is among the many who are eager to assist in the production of respirators, valves, masks, and other essential materials, according to the document.
According to Business Insider Italia, the manufacturer was actually approached by the duo in hopes to ask for the valve's blueprints in an urgent attempt to save them time and produce the valves to instantly save the critical covid-19 victims but they were declined and even threatened to be sued for patent infringement!
These reanimation devices require different pieces in order to work, and when one such valve started running out because the supplier could not keep up with the high demand, medical workers had to come up with a quick and appropriate solution.
Not trying to profit: Fracassi insists that they are only interested in helping out and saving lives, not in profiting from the part.
The valve which was officially manufactured by the medical device manufacturer costs about $11,000 while the replica which the volunteers made costs only about $1.
"[The patients] were people in danger of life, and we acted. One thing is for sure though: 3D printing can have an immediate beneficial effect when the supply chain is completely broken", a post on 3D Media Network said.