Monday, 20 April 2020 05:56

DUT Donates 3D shields

DUT Donates 3D shields to local doctors old age home & municipal health care workers

The rampant COVID19 pandemic has brought our nation to a standstill.

It is depleting medical resources and equipment faster than they can be replaced. The worldwide scramble for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) is also driving prices higher while simultaneously reducing availability. The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has stepped in and is providing a helping hand to mitigate this dire shortage by producing and donating 3D Shields to selected Durban communities.

The rampant COVID19 pandemic has brought our nation to a standstill. It is depleting medical resources and equipment faster than they can be replaced. The worldwide scramble for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) is also driving prices higher while simultaneously reducing availability. The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has stepped in and is providing a helping hand to mitigate this dire shortage by producing and donating 3D Shields to selected Durban communities.

DUT, is utilising its advanced 3D printing laboratory located at its Ritson Campus-based Luban Workshop. The laboratory has 12 high quality 3D printers producing purpose built PPEs. The concept of 3D printing refers to a process of additive manufacturing of three-dimensional real-world objects from a digital template. The process allows for the production of complex solid shapes more accurately while using less material than the traditional manufacturing methods. Industries worldwide have proposed solutions using 3D printing to curtail COVID-19 through the intensive production of highly sought equipment such as face shields, oxygen connectors, oxygen splitters, Venturi valves, masks, gowns and respirators. In addition to the 12 3D printers, DUT has two industrial Resin printers that could be used to print moulds to support large scale manufacturing processes.

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