Dental surgical supply company ACE Surgical and professional-grade 3D printing provider EnvisionTec have collaborated to package and sterilise 3D-printed nasal swabs.

The partnership is part of the company’s plan to repurpose its manufacturing capabilities.

ACE Surgical chief executive officer Craig Carchidi said: “Following the American Dental Association’s guidance recommending that US dental practitioners suspend seeing patients for elective procedures, we knew that we had to quickly adapt our operations.

“Our entire team has embraced our effort to switch gears and package an essential medical tool that will aid the work of healthcare providers to implement proper testing and tracing of the Covid-19 virus.

“As we expand our swab production, we maintain our unwavering commitment to serve the dental-surgical community as a leading global provider of bone regenerative products and compatible dental implant systems.”

Based in Brockton, Massachusetts, ACE Surgical manufactures dental implants, bone regenerative materials, and a range of dental surgical products.

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The company’s new initiative packaging EnvisionTec’s 3D-printed nasal swabs was introduced in April.

The company has since recalled its full production team consisting of 15 members.

ACE Surgical is now processing around 50,000 testing swabs each day. It is currently working on its Brockton facility to increase the packaging capacity to one million swabs a month.