Additive Manufacturing Success Stories

Locally-made COVID swabs end Australian overseas reliance

Australian Company 3D Printing Studios has been working with State, Government, and Health Departments to mass-manufacture Medical Nasal & Throat Swabs used in Covid-19 Test Kits, using 3D printing.

3D printed covid testing swabs 

South Australian Pathology has tested the latest 3D printed swabs and has given the green light on their use. This will make 3D Printing Studios the only Australian Supplier of these essential products in the fight against Covid-19.

The process of developing a swab that not only collects the mucus but also allows for the mucus to be transferred for testing has taken several weeks to develop. “We tried several different 3d printed designs obtained from Harvard Medical School and finally came up with a simple design that is flocked with a safe nylon material,” said Howard Wood & Stuart Grover, joint CEO’s and founders of 3D Printing Studios.

“The design coupled with the EOS P 396 Industrial 3D Printer for Plastic Parts will allow us to produce thousands of these medical swabs per day”.

3D Printing Studios are delighted to be the first Australian Company to manufacture medical nasal swabs. This will reduce our need to import these vital products and once again start bringing manufacturing back to Australia.

EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. EOS additive manufacturing systems are available in Australia exclusively through John Hart.