Crowdsourcing New Products to Combat Coronavirus with 3D Printing Technology

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Cad Crowd’s open-source product design contest has generated ideas to stop the spread of COVID-19

The Coronavirus is quickly spread through contact and can live on frequently touched surfaces for days. Cad Crowd, an online community that connects clients with CAD services, drafting services, and product design & development talent, has hosted a contest to generate product designs that help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The contest is open-sourced and the entries can be 3D printed across the globe to help contain the virus.

Study’s are showing that COVID-19 can live on stainless steel and plastic for up to 72 hours. Because of this, items like door handles, faucets, elevator buttons, and shopping carts present a high risk of contamination. Cad Crowd’s ingenious designers will create product ideas that serve as viable alternatives to forced contact with these surfaces.

The open-source contest has made the 3D printable files available to anyone, anywhere, with the intention of slowing down the spread of COVID-19 worldwide. As of now, the five winners have been chosen.

The contest has concluded. For more information and to view the entries, visit us here: https://www.cadcrowd.com/contest/2332-covid-19-coronavirus-product-design-and-3d

Winners of the Cad Crowd COVID-19 Contest

As of now, we’ve chosen the top five winners of the contest. We received over 100 unique entries, and it was a tough choice. Let’s take a look.

1st Winner — Hook Ring by cristianonishi

Our first-place prize has gone to cristianonishi. He designed a hook ring better than the rest. It can be used to grab, push, pull, and press things and was made to fit both a masculine and feminine style to encourage use.

2nd Winner — No Touch Multi-Purpose Attachment by from_the_designers_bay

This design is a multi-purpose attachment that be placed on a door knob or faucet. The long handle allows it to be used quite a distance away and encourages using your elbow.

3rd Winner — Hand Untoucher for Him and for Her by ProtoTech Workbench

Another device used to keep your hands off of public surfaces, the hand untoucher fits in your hand and can be used to push buttons, grab door handles, and even lift heavy goods like shopping bags.

4th Winner — Hold My Door by GiPandu

The Hold My Door allows you to open doors using your foot. Not only that, but it can hold a door open as well The door bracket can handle up to 10 kg.

5th Winner — Cute Hand Bracelet Smile for No Touch Corona by Fadi Sayegh

Intended for kids and teenagers, this cute bracelet design should encourage young people to not use their hands to touch doors and other public surfaces.

Cad Crowd’s Crowdsourcing Experts

It’s clear that to get through this pandemic, we must work together. Crowdsourcing allows individuals from all over the world to share their ideas for everyone to see, build upon, and develop. There is no barrier to entry – anyone from anywhere can submit their design using the required files and images.

Benefits of crowdsourcing include:

  • An increased variety of solutions.
  • More efficient problem-solving.
  • Unique and unexpected product designs.

The ability to manufacture locally is valuable in a time where supply chains may be cut off. 3D printing technology allows anyone to manufacture a product in small batches, with the only requirement being a 3D printer.

“By utilizing crowdsourcing in addition to Cad Crowd’s years of experience in the product design and 3D printing marketplace, we’re able to shine a spotlight on innovative product designs that can be produced quickly using 3D printing, “ says MacKenzie Brown, Co-Founder of Cad Crowd. “Our design contest rewards entries with a cash prize as an incentive to enter, allowing us to generate high-quality product designs in a short period of time. The designs are available as digital files and can be 3D printed all over the world to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Crowdsourcing can help us generate innovative ideas to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. This is a worldwide problem and it’s going to take global participation to fight it. Feel free to download any of the designs to 3D print locally.

About Cad Crowd: Cad Crowd is a leading marketplace for CAD drafting services, CAD design, 3D modeling, contract manufacturing and patent services. We offer an online platform that helps clients connect with the product development and design services they need to bring their project to market. In addition, the community help clients innovate with CAD design contests, where engineers & 3D modelers compete to submit the best design to solve product design challenges.

We work with builders, fabricators, manufacturers, engineering companies and inventors, allowing them to access the professional services they need to successfully meet their deadlines. Our comprehensive set of services allows clients to leverage freelance talent on a part-time basis or to develop long-term relationships with designers, drafters, and 3D animators.