Can You Feel The Love? – Italian Volunteers Who 3D-Printed Life-Saving Oxygen Valves Threatened With Lawsuit By Dan Andros for Faith Wire
GNN Note – One would think there would be someone at the company that has a heart, that lives by faith not by dollars. I’m a capitalist and love generating profits, however, my Lord and Master is Jesus Christ, not the Federal Reserve or Federal Reserve Note, U.S. “dollar”.
They weren’t seeking to make a profit. Time was running out and they had the chance to help save lives, so they acted. Now, they’re potentially facing a lawsuit for simply trying to do the right thing.
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Cristian Fracassi and Alessandro Ramaioli heard about the desperate need for oxygen valves and offered up their 3D printer to help speed up the process. They went to the manufacturer of the original part, who then refused to let the pair look at the digital specs so they could fashion a replica. They were also threatened with a lawsuit if they were to go ahead and replicate the part.
According to The Verge, the pair went decided it was worth the risk to go ahead and potentially save lives and deal with the consequences later. It only cost them a few dollars to make the parts and they didn’t charge the hospital for their services.
Complimenti a Cristian Fracassi, @temporelli73 e tutte le persone che lo hanno aiutato nella impresa di stampare in 3d le valvole mancanti per i respiratori dell’Ospedale di Chiari a Brescia.
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The replica valves made from the 3D printer have saved the lives of at least 10 patients. As The Verge reported, Fracassi said in a Facebook post that they weren’t looking for a profit, they just wanted to help.