MONAGHAN 3D PRINTING INITIATIVE TO SUPPLY FACE SHIELDS FOR HEALTHCARE SECTOR

2 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan members of a 3D printing group have undertaken an initiative to produce face shields for healthcare workers to use during the current Covid-19 emergency. Kae Verens said that people in the group were experimenting with some designs such as facemasks, face shields and gadgets to allow doors to be opened and buttons to be pushed without touching them.

“Some of us talked to local doctors and medical workers and discussed what would actually be needed, and we eventually gravitated mostly towards printing face shields, because they’re very simple designs, and quick to manufacture,” he stated.

Mr Verens contacted Monaghan Hospital and from there the initiative gathered momentum. The group has come up with a simple and cost-effective design comprising a ‘shield’ that’s cut from a PVC binding cover, a 3D printed frame that the shield hangs off from ‘nubs’ that are pushed through punched holes in the shield, and an optional elasticated ribbon that…

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