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ANTIMICROBIAL 3D PRINTING AND ACTIVE MATERIALS!

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ABOUT US

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!

Worrying Statistics

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.

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NANOCOMPOSITES PORTFOLIO

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 action has been scientifically validated eliminating more than 99.99% of fungi, viruses, bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms.

Antimicrobial properties confirmed microbiology laboratories in Chile, USA, UK, and Dubai.
The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.

The Nano-Additive mantains all the mechanical properties of the material.

Antimicrobial additive used in PLACTIVE has been tested against Human Coronavirus strain 229E, under the EN14476 + A2 standard, with a 90% of reduction at 5 minutes, until reaching a plateau near 60 minutes with a 99.975% of viral reduction.

Clinically tested in prosthesis for amputees with excellent results. Ideal for the manufacture of other medical applications where it’s dangerous to have bacterial contamination, such as postoperative prostheses, wound dressing and surgical equipment.

It has thermoforming characteristics that facilitates post-processing and final adjustments of the 3D printed application.

Non-toxic product and environmentally friendly (biodegradable).

Antibacterial action has been scientifically validated eliminating more than 99.99% of fungi, viruses, bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms.

Antimicrobial properties confirmed microbiology laboratories in Chile, USA, UK, and Dubai.
The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.

Antimicrobial additive used in PLACTIVE has been tested against Human Coronavirus strain 229E, under the EN14476 + A2 standard, with a 90% of reduction at 5 minutes, until reaching a plateau near 60 minutes with a 99.975% of viral reduction.

Clinically tested in prosthesis for amputees with excellent results. It’s also a Medical Grade material and ideal for the manufacture of other medical applications where it’s dangerous to have bacterial contamination, such as postoperative prostheses, wound dressing and surgical equipment.

The Nano-Additive maintains all the mechanical properties of the material like hardness, flexibility, odor neutral, easy to print and Hydrophobic (Does not absorb water).

Non-toxic and environmentally friendly (100% recyclable material).

NANOCLEAN MD1 it’s also has a food contact clearance No. 1935/2004.

Antibacterial action has been scientifically validated eliminating more than 99.99% of fungi, viruses, bacteria and a wide range of microorganisms.

Antimicrobial properties confirmed microbiology laboratories in Chile, USA, UK, and Dubai.
The manufacturer also has certification ISO 9001/2015 and is REACH compliant.

Antimicrobial additive used in PLACTIVE has been tested against Human Coronavirus strain 229E, under the EN14476 + A2 standard, with a 90% of reduction at 5 minutes, until reaching a plateau near 60 minutes with a 99.975% of viral reduction.

Clinically tested in prosthesis for amputees with excellent results. it’s also ideal for the manufacture of other medical applications where it’s dangerous to have bacterial contamination, such as postoperative prostheses, wound dressing and orthopedic insoles.

The Nano-Additive maintains all the mechanical properties of the TPU98A material like strong & flexibility, high heat resistance (138°C), 450% elongation at break and easy to print at vel. >75mm/s.

MD1 Flex it’s also has a food contact clearance No. 1935/2004.

There is the possibility that some of the claims differ in the promotional material, websites, packaging, and other informational materials of our company.

PLACTIVE ™ ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY

These graphics shows the results of studies conducted by microbiology laboratories in USA, Chile and Dubai1,2,3. These studies confirm that the Colony Forming Units (CFU) of Staphylococcus aureus MRSA and Escherichia coli DH5α and other common microbes, falls abruptly during the first minutes in contact with PLACTIVE, continuing the elimination of bacterial strains until reaching >99.99% elimination at 24 hours.

1. SITU Biosciences Microbiology Laboratory, USA.
2. Microbiology Laboratory of Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.
3. Al Hoty Stanger Laboratories, Dubai

ABOUT ANTIVIRAL ACTIVITY OF COPPER

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.

References

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.

Antimicrobial Additive tested against Human Coronavirus

Cuprionix additives are the result of more than 10 years of R&D by teams of Chilean scientists that have been based on the powerful antimicrobial properties of copper to develop a portfolio of additives, materials and solutions scientifically proven by the most prestigious international laboratories.
The latest validation that this technology has received was given by the Pasteur Institute (France), which verifies the powerful antiviral action of the Cuprionix additive against Human Coronavirus.

Dr. Claudio Soto, Medical Director of Copper3D, said: “Laboratory validations with viruses have a much higher degree of complexity due to the additional safeguards that must be taken, the type of equipment and highly specialized personnel to perform this kind of tests, and the laboratories prepared for this type of studies are not commonly found as they require high biosafety levels”.
This is why Copper3D has chosen the Pasteur Institute (Lille, France) to carry out this new test against the Human Coronavirus.
Dr. Soto mentions regarding this new validation: “As a company we are always looking for our materials to meet the highest industry standards and therefore we decided to test the antiviral capacity of the additive present in all Copper3D products (Cuprionix® additive), against Human Coronavirus strain 229E (HCoV-229E), under the EN14476 + A2 standard, with extraordinary results so far”.

Among what was observed, the additive shows a very high antiviral efficacy from the first 30 seconds, capable of reducing the viral load of the Coronavirus by +99.9% in less than one hour.
This process is very quick and begins in the first 30 seconds to see a rapid decrease in viral load of 60.189% (Log 0,4), 90% (Log 1) of reduction at 5 minutes, until reaching a plateau near 60 minutes with a 99.975% of viral reduction (Log 3.6).
On the other hand, and equally relevant, is that this additive did not show any degree of cytotoxicity in this test, therefore we can conclude that it is also safe for use in applications that will be in contact with patients or animals.

Institut Pasteur, USM – Unité de Sécurité Microbiologique.
Test report N.200410-EN

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, Reusable, Washable face mask ever designed. THE FIRST Antimicrobial, Reusable, Biocompatible, Washable and N99 standard face mask ever designed.

OUR TEAM

Medicine, Innovation, Technology and Engineering seamlessly integrated in our team:

DANIEL MARTINEZ

DANIEL MARTINEZ

Chief Innovation Officer Copper3D

Healthcare Professional, MBA & MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibañez, Diploma in Strategic Marketing U. Adolfo Ibañez. Background in Management, Marketing, Innovation, and New Business Models in the Healthcare Industry.

ANDRES ACUÑA

ANDRES ACUÑA

CEO Copper3D

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.

CLAUDIO SOTO, MD

CLAUDIO SOTO, MD

Medical Director Copper3D

Rehabilitation Expert, MSc in Innovation U. Adolfo Ibáñez, Vast career leading Institutes of Neurology and Rehabilitation. Expert in Regulatory Issues.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.

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.

ABSOLUTELY NOT! This patented and scientifically certified additive, when used at the appropriate concentrations, does not produce any toxic effect in healthy people or patients. You can learn more about the clinical performance of PLACTIVE™ HERE

INSIGHTS

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.

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