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Friday, 17 April 2020

Face Shields produced by CPUT unit

PROTECTED: Campus Protection workers wearing the face shields designed and manufactured on the Bellville Campus PROTECTED: Campus Protection workers wearing the face shields designed and manufactured on the Bellville Campus

CPUT’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Laboratory (AMTL) has produced its first batch of face shields to protect wearers against a potential COVID-19 infection.

The first of the shields was handed over to front line CPUT campus protection staff with more shields and masks being produced by the small team daily.

Led by Prof Oscar Philander, the dedicated staff of the AMTL unit in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment have been working on campus (with the necessary permits) since April 7 to produce the shields. A face mask, using composite materials, is also being manufactured in the unit.

Since supply of raw materials has been limited during the lockdown, the shields are being made using everyday stationery essentials like lamination sheets and surplus projector slides.

“I must commend the efforts of our small dedicated team who have been coming in every day to work on this project. It doesn’t matter if you are a professor or student, we are all working on the production line to get as many of the masks produced as possible,” says Philander.

The design is partially 3D printed with the shield being made out of lamination sheets which are manipulated into place.

Philander says he is in discussion with other role players within the medical space about rolling out the masks to other front line workers.

Written by Lauren Kansley

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