Everything you have ever wanted to know about swabs

Over the past year and a half, you may have found yourself with a swab up your nose while getting tested for COVID-19. But did you know that the cotton swab was invented in the 1920s?

Fabbaloo OPT Feature

"OPT Industries certainly has a very different approach to making and using 3D printers, and I’ll be watching carefully to see how they evolve in the future." - Fabbaloo

OPT New Facility Launch

OPT Industries, a manufacturing technology startup, announced the opening of its first manufacturing facility in Medford, Mass. to scale market access to RAMP™, the first roll-to-roll 3D printing platform that allows continuous materials production at unlimited lengths with new levels of micron-level precision.

Bloomberg OPT Feature

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"after selling more than 800,000 swabs to Medical supply company Henry Schein and Health Care Network Kaiser Permante, OPT Industries is about to open a new facility in Medford." - Bloomberg

TechCrunch OPT Feature

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"Massachusetts startup OPT Industries is perfecting a 3D-printed nasal swab for COVID-19 tests" - TechCrunch

InstaSwab qPCR Sensitivity

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In an experimental study, OPT InstaSwab™ showed significantly improved collection and elution efficiency as compared to both the Copan FLOQSwab and traditional polyester swabs.

MIT News InstaSwab Feature

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"A better nasal swab for Covid-19 testing: MIT spinout OPT Industries uses novel additive manufacturing systems to create intricately-designed products." - MIT News

InstaSwab Superior Elution

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Recent independent lab results placed InstaSwab™ on top of leading flocked swabs in the market, at least 20 times more bacterial elution when used for collecting and transfer samples.

Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition

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Cillia faux fur coats produced using OPT's proprietary digital lithography manufacturing process exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and Cube museum in Kerkrade, Netherlands.

Centre Pompidou Exhibition

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Cillia prototypes produced using OPT's proprietary digital lithography manufacturing process exhibited at the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris.

MIT News Cilllia Feature

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"Need hair? Press 'print': With fur, brushes, and bristles, Media Lab’s technique opens new frontier in 3-D printing" - MIT News