NVIDIA GTC and KeyShot World Go Virtual, 3D Printing Rushes to Produce PPE, More
Tech conferences switch to virtual events under lockdown, additive manufacturers spring into action to fight virusoutbreak
March 26, 2020
NVIDIA GTC Virtual Kicks Off
NVIDIA GTC Virtual kicked off this week, with podcasts, live talks, and tutorials. If you have previously registered for GTC, you are automatically registered for GTC Virtual. The Virtual event is free, no fee required.
You can go to GTC virtual site, put a check list on topics that interest you, and put live talks on your schedule or start watching recorded talks that are available on demand
NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang recently published a blog post, stating,“We have exciting products and news to share with you, but this isn’t the right time. We’re going to hold off …This is a time to focus on our family, our friends, our community. Our employees are working from home. Many hourly workers will not need to work but they’ll all be fully paid.”
For more, go here.
KeyShot World 2020 Virtual kicks off
Another show, KeyShot World 2020, is also taking place virtually. It was originally set to take place in Huntington Beach, California, now under lockdown.
For more, go here.
3D Printed innovations to bridge PPC shortage
Several leading 3D printer makers are rallying their customers and user community to contribute to making homegrown face shields, masks, valves, and ventilator components.
The technology comes to the forefront largely due to the story of two Italian engineers who 3D-printed valves to help a hospital treat patients.
America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Association, is assembling a resource portal to help produce the Personal Protective Gears that are in shortage in the hospitals.
Similarly 3D Systems is also calling the Additive manufacturing community to help produce the much needed medical equipment components and protective gear for the doctors and nurses in the front line.
On Twitter, Carl Bass, former CEO of Autodesk, shows how he is now designing Face shields for as little as $1 a piece.
Been working on some cheap homemade ways to get disposable face shields into the hands of medical practitioners who desperately need them. Cost about $1 each pic.twitter.com/LfShYfrrDQ
— Carl Bass (@carlbass) March 25, 2020
Can carmakers produce ventilators?
As the global fight against Coronavirus accelerates, it exposes the serious shortage of ventilators due to the unprecedented spike in the patients with respiratory issues. Many are looking for carmakers to jump in the address the issue.
How easy is it for carmakers to suddenly switch to making ventilators? We spoke to two industry veterans and analysts from the automotive sector, Keith Meintjes from CIMdata and Joe Barkai, an independent consultant and analyst.
To listen, go here.