There's been a bit in the news about persons 3d printing parts to help in the COVID19 pandemic, but as mentioned in this Forbes article,

Community response is high, but also in short supply is often the knowledge of exactly what will help, and how and where to deploy that help. 3-D printing random designs found online might feel helpful, but if those designs don’t meet usage criteria or aren’t produced in satisfactory environments, ultimately it’s often just a waste of plastic.

So are questions related to which parts I should print to be most helpful be on topic? Or questions about where I can find guidance on the best support?

  • $\begingroup$ -1, only because I think that we aren't equipped to answer COVID requirement questions. A medical SE site might be better (if one exists). I'd plus one the "ultimately it’s often just a waste of plastic" quote though. People printing random ventilator parts at home in non-clean environments, using random plastics, doesn't help in the slightest (unless it is for prototyping). $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Commented Aug 22, 2020 at 16:58

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I don't think that specific question how and where you can help printing parts for the COVID-19 pandemic are of value for the future. But, problems with printing, settings, orientation, etc. are on-topic.


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