ANTIBACTERIAL 3D PRINTED SURGICAL SEPARATOR Surgical separators are key pieces in any operating room in the world. Historically, they have...
We are a Chilean/US based company founded by professionals passionate about innovation and the impact that new technologies have on the quality of life of people.
We hack materials to transform them into antibacterial, avoid infections and save millions of lives!
The COVID-19 is becoming the most devasting pandemic in modern history and the only effective strategy to stop new infections have been the promotion of the use of masks, the importance of hand washing, remaining home and waiting until the scientific community develop a more straightforward strategy to deal with the SARS-CoV-2.
SARS-CoV-2, when compared with the SARS-CoV-1, is inactivated faster using copper and the use of smaller particles can reduce inactivation time from hours to seconds. 1, 2
These analyses support the incorporation of copper alloys or iembedded copper materials on sanitary dependences and mass compsumption products as a complementary strategy that may help reduce bacterial and viral load, therefore; limiting nosocomial infectious and reduce transmission from touching surfaces.
1. Han J, Chen L, Duan S, Yang Q, Yang M, Gao C, et al. Efficient and quick inactivation of SARS, coronavirus and other microbes exposed to the surfaces of some metal catalysts. Biomed Environ Sci BES, 2005.
2. Borkow G, Zhou SS, Page T, Gabbay J. A novel anti-influenza copper oxide containing respiratory face mask. PloS One. June 25, 2010;5(6):e11295.
Our portfolio of materials is scientifically tested in microbiology laboratories and has successfully approved the most demanding mechanical tests. PLACTIVE AN1™ is an innovative Nanocomposite developed with a high quality PLA and a patented, scientifically validated and highly effective Nano-Copper additive. This unique combination of technologies brings the following characteristics to our products:
Antibacterial properties confirmed by two microbiology laboratories in Chile and USA.
PLACTIVE™ is a FDA Registered Material and EU compliant (No. 10/2011 and No. 2023/2006).The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.
This graphic shows the results of 2 studies conducted by microbiology laboratories in USA and Chile1,2. Both studies confirm that the Colony Forming Units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Escherichia coli DH5α, falls abruptly during the first 6 hours of exposure to PLACTIVE (>95%), continuing the elimination of bacterial strains until reaching >98% elimination at 8 hours and >99.99% elimination at 24 hours.
1. SITU Biosciences Microbiology Laboratory, USA.
2. Microbiology Laboratory of Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.
Copper and Nano Copper inhibits the replication and propagation abilities of SARS- CoV4, influenza5 and other respiratory viruses, having a high antimicrobial (antiviral and antibacterial) potential and, as Copper can inactivate viruses as SARS-like and SARS- Cov4, influenza virus5, H1N1, and eliminates dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Listeria, among others6, after a short period of exposure, Copper3D’s PLACTIVE® and Mdflex® could be an effective and low-cost complementary strategy to help reducing transmission of several infectious diseases by limiting nosocomial infectious transmission.
4. Han J, Chen L, Duan S, Yang Q, Yang M, Gao C, et al. Efficient and quick inactivation of SARS, coronavirus and other microbes exposed to the surfaces of some metal catalysts. Biomed Environ Sci BES, 2005.
5. Borkow G, Zhou SS, Page T, Gabbay J. A novel anti-influenza copper oxide containing respiratory face mask. PloS One. June 25, 2010;5(6):e11295.
6. Copper3D Inc. laboratory tests.
Basically, there is a breakdown in the global stock of face masks, and it is a basic necessity for general population in most countries. In many places the authorities have also recommended the use of these masks (or similar) on public transport. These masks, despite being effective, also have some problems like poor lateral fit, short lifecycle (about 8 hours, trash waste), and have another even more serious problem. Respiratory viruses, specifically SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) can live up to 72 hours on different surfaces. This is a problem since using a conventional mask, at the end of the day we would have a high viral load trapped within millimeters of our nose and mouth, further exposing ourselves to these dangerous microbes. Our approach is to use active (antimicrobial) materials to address this problem, with a unique value proposal: THE FIRST Antimicrobial, 3D Printed, Reusable, Washable and Open Source face mask ever designed.
Medicine, Innovation, Technology and Engineering seamlessly integrated in our team:
Physical Therapist, MBA, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibañez, Diploma in Marketing & Sales U. Adolfo Ibáñez. Background in Marketing, Innovation and Business Models in the Healthcare Industry.
Electronic Engineer, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibáñez, Background in Technologies for Mineral Processing. 14 years experience in industrial sectors linked to automation, robotics and engineering technologies.
Medical Director Copper3D
Rehabilitation Expert, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibáñez, Vast career leading Institutes of Neurology and Rehabilitation. Expert in Regulatory Issues.
These are some of the questions that people ask us often. If you have any additional questions contact us and we will quickly get in touch with you to resolve them.
Yes, PLACTIVE™ is a FDA Registered Material and EU compliant (No. 10/2011, No. 1935/2004 and No. 2023/2006). The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.
Absolutely. It behaves like a high quality PLA or PETG, with its mechanical properties intact. The only (big) difference is that contains an antibacterial nano-additive that does not alter the base polymer.
ABSOLUTELY YES! This is the magic behind the concept of “Antibacterial 3D Printing”, you can print anything you want with fully antibacterial properties! We call this new kind of objects “AntibiObjects”.
We create this portfolio of materials thinking about people who are developing 3D printed medical devices and other projects where antibacterial properties could play an important role. Although our products are certified and have properties that make them especially suitable for manufacturing medical devices, according to the regulations of each country the medical devices may have to go through an additional certification process.
We want to inspire you to change the world and impact on the quality of life of people with this new breed of antibacterial objects. Here you have some ideas of the infinite applications that you can make with our portfolio of materials.