Out of chaos comes creativity

In response to the current global health threat, companies are coming up with creative new designs that could have far-reaching effects for commercial interior design, beyond the current crisis, such as this hands-free door handle.

While the door handle is one of the most germ infested common objects, digital fabrication studio Materialise designs and 3D-prints a hands-free door opener in the wake of the spreading coronavirus.

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In the project’s development, the team’s risk prevention advisors conducted a careful analyses on how viruses spread, and confirmed that by using covered arms in lieu of bare hands, we can work together to avoid further passing on COVID-19.

In the continued mission to build a better and healthier world, Materialise shares its digital files so that individuals and companies worldwide may 3D- print a hands-free door opener in their houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes.

To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the team at Materialise has designed its hands-free door handle with easy installation in mind. Simple to both use and install, the process does not require the user to drill holes or replace the door’s handle. The setup calls for the user only to fasten two 3D-printed pieces together with screws over the existing handle.

The nature of the digital fabrication process enabled the engineers at Materialise to quickly generate solutions for atypical scenarios. Within twenty-four hours, the team created, tested, and validated its first hands-free door opener because of the flexibility and freedom of design through 3D printing.

Anyone can play a part in minimising the spread of coronavirus by making contact with a door handle using sleeved arms, and by downloading a free design file to print from home or commission through a local 3D-printing firm.

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