Sue Ryan | April 8, 2020
Most of the research laboratories at the University of Notre Dame have been placed in hibernation mode during the coronavirus pandemic response. However, there’s a chorus of whining, whirling and whistling emanating from the Innovation Lab at the Notre Dame IDEA Center where the latest in 3D printing technology is being utilized to meet the region’s acute health care equipment needs.
Research Associate Professor and Director of the IDEA Center Innovation Lab Matthew Leevy is coordinating a cross-functional response of Notre Dame faculty and staff to 3D print several thousand clear plastic face shields at the request of local and regional medical systems. According to Leevy, printers from multiple facilities throughout campus and the local community have been relocated to the Innovation Lab space to produce as many as 250 face shields per day. The University is donating all labor, materials and equipment used to make the shields.
“We are blessed to have the resources at Notre Dame to make an immediate impact on the needs of our local medical community,” Leevy said. “Once the word spread on campus and in the community that we were prototyping a medical face shield, many colleagues stepped up to join our effort. More than 40 machines are on temporary loan here in the Innovation Lab working on the approved shield.”
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