UAE-based lab Inmmensa has developed 3D-printed material that it says could reduce the risk of virus transmission.
The Copper3D antimicrobial filament, known as PLACTIVE, could be used on covers and casings for frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as door handles, light switches, water faucets and taps, elevator buttons, shopping cart handles, handrail covers, toilet seats, flush buttons etc.
Engineers are working with PRECISE 3DHUB to exclusively distribute the product in the GCC.
The products were developed because of a global need for sanitised environments, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lothar Hohmann, president of PRECISE 3DHUB, explains: “The biggest problem with the virus is the 'transmission time,' as the virus can survive more than 72 hours on a surface, which increases the chance of people being exposed to it. PLACTIVE contains active copper nanoparticle that when in touch with a virus or bacteria, destroys the membrane and the nucleic acids, which makes it dysfunctional within a matter of minutes."
He adds: “With the development over the past month, everybody in the world now understands the need to take prevention to another level, which means that the new standard needs to be antimicrobial in order to drastically reduce transmission rates.”
While the FDA-registered product is available to commercial and residential customers, one of its key roles will now be creating 3D printed masks that Immensa and PRECISE will donate to the UAE.