A collaboration between Henkel and Origin to use additive manufacturing in the production of nasopharyngeal swabs drew the most reader interest last week (Henkel and Origin Collaborate to Help Meet Demand for COVID-19 Nasopharyngeal Swabs): “In collaboration with Origin, Henkel recently announced that it has leveraged its ability to carry out biocompatibility and mechanical testing at its facility in Concord, Calif., and provided a range of 3D-printable medical photopolymers designed for use on Origin’s material development systems. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for medical supplies such as testing kits has outpaced supply. The primary protocol involves conducting a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab test, which collects viral material from inside a person’s nasal cavity. Globally, few companies manufacture the swabs commercially, and all are overwhelmed with demand.

“The swabs are traditionally made from multiple materials and adjoined prior to sterilization and packaging. Working cooperatively with Origin, Henkel supplied knowledge and technology to help design a swab that could be 3D printed at scale.

“‘From inception, the vision behind Henkel’s Open Materials Platform was to enable collaboration all along additive manufacturing’s value chain,’ said Ken Kisner, head of innovation for 3D Printing at Henkel. ‘Working together with Origin, we were able to develop a product which is [as] effective as its mass-produced counterparts. With the constraints commercial medical suppliers are facing, this presents a significant opportunity for the 3D printing industry to demonstrate its capabilities, beyond prototyping.’”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for June 28 - July 4

  1. Henkel and Origin Collaborate to Help Meet Demand for COVID-19 Nasopharyngeal Swabs #5 last week
  2. Dow Issues Sustainability Report, Sets Targets to Drive Toward a Circular Economy
  3. FEICA/EURADH Announce Winner of the 2020 Adhesion Innovation Award
  4. Kraton Highlights Sustainability Integration in New Report
  5. MAPEI Wins Gold at 2020 Starnet Design Awards

This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants, and coatings-related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week on our website, as well as our eNewsletters and social media platforms.