Being extra cautious about your personal hygiene and disinfecting your hands 20 times a days can all be made redundant in the blink of an eye if you accidentally grab onto an infected door handle.
With this in mind, Belgium-based 3D printing company, Materialise, has come up with a cleaver way to ensure you don’t ruin all your hard work in trying to keep clean.
Materialise has designed and developed a 3D printed door handle attachment that lets you open and close any door without ever having to actually touch it. As you can see in the image below, this simple attachment is easy to install, and even easier to use.
To open a door, simply place your forearm between the between the door and the 3D printed barrier, then press down to release the handle.
“During that brainstorming session, the idea came up for a way to open doors without using your hands to try to contain the spread of the germs, and literally inside of 24 hours they turned around a design, got it on a printer, and printed the first prototype off and tried it out on one of our handles,” said Bryan Crutchfield, Vice President of Materialise.
Installing the 3D door opener requires just two screws to securely fit it to your door handle, and comes in both round and square designs to fit all door handle shapes. Obviously this attachment won’t magically get rid of all germs on your door handle, as it will need to be disinfected on a regular basis, but it does go a long way in preventing unwanted viruses from coming into direct contact with your skin.
Best of all, Materialise have made its files to print the handles available to everyone free of charge by clicking here. You can also order an already printed door handle from their online store by clicking here.