3D-Printed Covers Allow Hands-Free Door Opening to Help Slow the Spread of Germs

3D Printed Door Opener

Whether you're disinfecting constantly, wearing gloves, or using your clothing as a shield, most of us are aware that door handles are covered in germs that you'll want to steer clear of. With this in mind, digital fabrication firm Materialise started thinking of ways to make the simple act of opening a door more hygienic. Their 3D-printed door handle is a clever, effective way to help slow the spread of any virus.

The simple design is easy to install and will allow any door handle to be used hands-free. To open the door, you simply place your forearm between the door and the barrier, pressing down to release the handle. The plastic barrier then allows you to pull back and open the door without ever having to place your bare hands on the lever.

With research about the coronavirus' viability on different types of fabric still evolving, one still needs to take precautions even if using the clever invention. These door openers do need to be disinfected regularly as well, but without the constant handling of bare hands, they should collect far fewer germs.

3D Printed Door Opener

“The idea for the 3D printed door handle originated at an internal meeting to define measures to protect Materialise employees and visitors,” writes the firm, which runs one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the world. “It soon became clear that more people could benefit from this design and the company decided to make it available for free. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can download the design and 3D print it locally in a matter of hours.”

The 3D door opener requires just two screws, with designs for round and square handles already in place. Materialise is working to introduce other designs as needed based on user feedback. To the benefit of everyone, the firm is making the files to print the handles available free of charge, though it's also possible to order finished handles from their online store.

Learn more about how these 3D door openers can help stop the spread of germs.

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All images via Materialise.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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