ArcelorMittal is partnering with researchers and medical professionals in Spain to produce ventilators in information released earlier this month (6 April).

Working in coordination with the Minister of Innovation for the Asturias Region, Spain, the ventilators have been produced using 3D printing and took one week to design.

The ventilators are currently undergoing trials and safety tests and will be contingent on regulatory approval. Once approved, they could support patients with acute respiratory difficulties, which occur in severe cases of coronavirus.

“Our success over the years has been built on the foundation provided by our engineering capabilities and R&D expertise and more recently, exploring the potential of 3D printing for steel solutions,” said ArcelorMittal CEO of Research & Development, Greg Ludkovsky.

“But in a time of a crisis, we all want to help so we look at our resources and consider what role we can play.”

Spanish health authorities have also asked ArcelorMittal’s Research & Development team based in Avilés, Spain to support and develop 3D printed face shields for health professionals. In the space of two days, the team designed and created two types of face shields, including:

  • Face shields attached to the head – these will be used by doctors, medical professionals and pulpit operators of the plant in Asturias
  • Face shields attached to the helmet – these are predominantly for use in the supplier’s plants

ArcelorMittal is currently working with a number of external partners to enable large-scale production of the face shields.