Rosatom starts 3D printing of valves for medical ventilators

Rusatom – Additive Technologies company (RusAT LLC; part of the TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) has made prototypes and is ready to start 3D printing of Venturi valves used in medical respiratory ventilators.

The need for these components has greatly increased due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. RusAT’s production facilities could produce about 300 valves per week. Biocompatible polymer used in additive manufacturing; the product does not require additional processing.

Venturi valves are used with masks for dosed oxygen therapy and provide controlled concentrations of oxygen supplied. They’re used within a few hours and require replacement afterwards, being, in fact, a consumable. Some countries were faced with shortage of valves, which, in some cases, was solved with additive manufacturing.

“Russian nuclear industry enterprises are mobilizing their resources to confront the coronavirus pandemic. All Rosatom companies, involved in medical industry, are looking for manufacturing and intellectual capabilities for prompt production tune for equipment and supplies that medics need to fight coronavirus. We sent information on Venturi valves production capabilities to the Russian Ministry of Health, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Defense and Rospotrebnadzor. If necessary, valve production can be started as soon as possible”, said Alexey Likhachev, Director General of Rosatom State Corporation.

RusAT Director General Mikhail Turundaev noted: “Our company, as Rosatom additive manufacturing industry integrator, has explored the opportunity of printing valves for ventilators. We’ve made prototypes and ready to start production for further delivery of valves to medical institutions. In addition to valves, breathing masks, respirators and other medical devices can also be produced using 3D printing”.

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RusAT LLC (part of TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom) is a specialized company – an integrator of the nuclear industry in additive manufacturing (AM). The company’s activities are focused on four key areas: 3D printers and their components production; creation of materials and metal powders for AM; development of software suite for additive manufacturing; outsourcing 3D printing services for clients and additive manufacturing introduction into production (including the organization of AM production centers).

TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom incorporates enterprises for the fabrication of nuclear fuel, conversion and enrichment of uranium, production of gas centrifuges, as well as research and design organizations. It is the only supplier of nuclear fuel for Russian nuclear power plants. TVEL Fuel Company of Rosatom provides nuclear fuel for 73 power reactors in 13 countries worldwide, research reactors in eight countries, as well as transport reactors of the Russian nuclear fleet. Every sixth power reactor in the world operates on fuel manufactured by TVEL.