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MARKET TRENDS GNA University develops face shield to fight COVID-19

Apr 23, 2020

Faculty of Engineering Design & Automation – Design Department, GNA University, in association with the Stratasys and DesignTech Systems have initiated the development and testing of 3D printable face shield to fight COVID-19

GNA University in association with the Stratasys and DesignTech Systems recently took an initiative to develop and test 3D printable face shields to fight COVID-19. The university is leveraging on 3D Printing technology to make face shields for the doctors, medical professionals and other staffs to reduce the shortage of such equipment in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Speaking about the development, C R Tripathy, Dean – Faculty of Engineering Design & Automation, GNA University, said, “We have developed the face shield in our 3D printer lab and our team is whole-heartedly working on an injection mould that will mass-produce these face shields and keep up with the soaring demand.”

Taking the discussion further, S Gurdeep Singh Sihra, CEO, GNA Gears, & Pro-Chancellor, GNA University expressed, “Transmission of the COVID-19 does not only transpire through nose and mouth, but also through droplets that enter our eyes. The designed shield can break that from happening and can decrease the droplets from dropping on the masks. We have not only developed this face shield in the 3D printer but also developed many other valuable projects in this machine that are being used worldwide.” He added, “This face shield can be successfully used by doctors, healthcare workers and medical professionals while treating COVID-19 positive patients. This can be also used by security persons, housekeeping staffs, defence persons, drivers of the ambulance and office staffs who are in direct communion with the people to save them from the COVID-19.”

On this occasion, Dr V K Rattan, Vice Chancellor, GNA University, Dr Monika Hanspal, Dean Academics and Dr Sameer Varma congratulated the team for their efforts in the field of research and development during the on-going lockdown. Rattan also mentioned, “GNA University is always making persistent efforts towards providing latest technologies to the budding engineers which will help them in achieving their desired goals.”

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  • GNA University is taking a two-phase approach of Design and Development and has developed a reusable face shield in the Stratasys 3D printer consisting of a 3D print frame, a face shield cut, a piece of form and an off-the-shelf elastic band. This shield can be removed and replaced within seconds.

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