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Institutions Use 3D Printers in Fight Against COVID-19

Wednesday, April 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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TICUA Facts: Institutions Use 3D Printers

in Fight Against COVID-19

Georg Pingen, associate professor of engineering at Union University, is using the university’s 3D printers to produce a specific component to face shields being used by medical personnel. (Photo by Kristi Woody)

TICUA member institutions are continuing to support their communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of ways including manufacturing and 3D printing face masks. Here are some examples: 
  • Union Universitys College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy has donated more than 800 N95 masks in addition to gowns, sterile gloves, and other medical supplies. Union's Engineering program is using the university’s 3D printers to produce a specific component to face shields being used by medical personnel- printing 150 per day.
  • Maryville College's Division of Mathematics and Computer Sciences are using their 3D printers to make face shields for Blount Memorial Hospital. As of March 30, two professors had made 35 face shields, which were delivered that day to the hospital.
  • Milligan College's senior engineering students are also working on designing and manufacturing face-shields for front-line medical providers. They plan to use 3D printed components with other available items.
  • Lipscomb University's College of Engineering has manufactured 560 face shields using an automated laser system. These masks are being distributed to 13 different medical sites throughout Middle Tennessee.