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Italian start-up 3D prints valves to help coronavirus patients

Milan: Italian Cristian Fracassi heard about the shortage of valves used in respirators at his local hospital by word of mouth.

The founder of Isinnova, a startup with a staff of 14 people, offered his company’s services to help ease the shortfall of equipment that has been in huge demand since the coronavirus outbreak struck Italy.

A staff of the Italian start-up Isinnova company shows valves produced with a 3D printer for hospitals near the northern Italian city of Brescia.

A staff of the Italian start-up Isinnova company shows valves produced with a 3D printer for hospitals near the northern Italian city of Brescia.Credit:Cristian Fracassi

“We were told the hospital was desperately looking for more valves. They’re called Venturi valves and are impossible to find at the moment, production can’t keep up with demand,” said Fracassi, a 36-year-old engineer.

Named after Italian 18th century physicist Giovanni Battista Venturi, the valves connect oxygen masks to respirators used by coronavirus patients suffering from respiratory complications.

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