To combat shortages of nasal swabs for novel coronavirus tests, clinicians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center developed a new low-cost 3D-printed swab. The swabs are printed using a food-grade inexpensive plastic that is chemically inert and provides a reliable tensile strength to prevent breaking during the testing procedure.

Clinical tests have shown the swabs have performed just as well as traditional swabs on the market.

3D-printed nasal swabs from University of Nebraska Medical Center.