In case you don’t like sewing, there are some different ways to make the personal shielding tool that healthcare operators require in this coronavirus outbreak. Professors at East Stroudsburg University’s Art + Design program have partnered with Verde Mantis, an additive manufacturing firm to make face guards. Also, they have a form that does not need a 3D printing machine.
Once Professor Darlene Farris-LaBar learned about PPE deficits at hospitals, she was aware she needed to utilize her additive manufacturing expertise and the university’s laboratory to assist. Assistant Professor Xue (Stella) Dong, Farris-LaBar, and Joe Sinclair, Mantis founder immediately united and began to study faceguard designs.
Dong said this: “There was no hesitation. We could contribute our expertise, and our capabilities and facilities.”
They needed a design that was able to print comparatively speedily minus the use of a lot of material while still being relaxed.
“We thought, ‘Let’s design something that can be quickly assembled, and possibly disposable if that has to be the case,’” said Farris-LaBar.
The design consists of an arched printed component that covers across the front and views of the head, a part of clear film that acts as the protection, and rubber strips that fix to fasteners in the back.
“What we focused on was, ‘What are readily available materials that anyone can access from local stores that are most likely still open?” stated Sinclair.
In case you already have a 3D printing machine, you can collect all the other supplies at the store.
Also, Sinclair went ahead to say this: “It’s been kind of amazing to see it grow and scale.” She also added that face protectors are also being created in Reading.
Sinclair also encouraged individuals to request healthcare providers or hospitals what they require before they begin printing. Although face masks are required in Poconos, in some places, various machines might be a preference.
3D printing has proved to be useful during this pandemic as most companies have used it to create ventilators and face guards.