When parts are scarce, 3D printing can be a rescuer. The supplier of these parts had run out, and could not deliver more of these $11,000 plastic parts in time to save lives. People stepped up to the plate, and modeled the part, and started 3D printing them to save lives at $1 apiece. An unfortunate evolution on this story, is that the shameful and cold-hearted manufacturer is now threatening to sue.

The relationship between coronavirus and 3D printing is not yet clear but an Italian hospital showed that 3D printing can fix a broken the supply chain