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Setting a new standard in the 3D printing industry by developing antibacterial nanocomposites that fight bacteria for printed prosthetics.

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Daniel Martínez

Co-Founder & Director of Innovation at Copper3D

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Andres Acuna

Co-founder and CEO at Copper3D

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Employees 1–5
Headquarters Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
10% of all patients admitted in a hospital will get a Hospital-Acquired Infection. Copper3D is revolutionizing the 3D printing industry with a patented and highly effective additive based on copper nanoparticles to "hack" materials and transform them into fully antimicrobial. Copper3D's first product is now available: a high quality PLA polymer called PLACTIVE, which eliminates a wide range of microorganisms. They also developed a medical-grade material called NANOCLEAN, a PETG polymer with additive concentration of 1% aimed at more specific purposes in medical devices. Copper3D's printing materials, as well as objects 3D printed with Copper3D's materials, have been tested and validated by the Microbiology Laboratory of the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, and the laboratory SITU Biosciences in the U.S.
PLACTIVE was also clinically tested in 3D printed prosthetics for U.S. war veterans and currently is tested by NASA for 3D printed applications in long term space missions.
This new breed of "Active Materials" will transform several industries from Healthcare, Medical Devices, Food, Animal Care, Aerospace, among others.

Notable Achievements

  • NASA EPSCoR Grant (in collaboration with University of Nebraska Omaha)
  • Marca Chile (part of Chilean Foreign Affairs Ministry)
  • Formally established Company at United States of America and The Netherlands

Currently Operating in Four Regions

Press Mentions

February 4, 2019

NASA awards Copper 3D grant for 3D printing antibacterial medical devices in space - 3D Printing Industry

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April 7, 2024

Chileans Creating Future: Copper3D and Prótesis 3D join forces to produce anti-microbial copper orthopedic implants

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April 14, 2020

Copper masks made by Chile company in COVID-19 fight

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February 23, 2020

Copper3D Antimicrobial Filament Device Attempts To Reduce HIV Transmission From Breastfeeding

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September 5, 2019

NASA Nebraska launches Open Innovation contest for the design of 3D printed medical devices for space

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