HU’s 3D and Functional Printing Center during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has led to worldwide shortages of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to confront the pandemic, as well as difficulties with protective items already on-hand. While HU researchers continue to attack COVID-19, their colleagues at the university’s 3D and Functional Printing Center are addressing the immediate needs of healthcare workers on the front line of patient care. Using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, university scientists have developed and printed prototypes of protective visors that are expected to enter production soon. Scientists have printed hundreds of mask adapters that ease pressure exerted on the ears by standard masks, and the 3D printing team has printed the parts needed for coronavirus testing.