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3D-printed face masks to fight COVID-19


3D-printed face masks, face shields provide a wider protection of the face against COVID-19.

Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent

A 3D printing company located at the Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has ramped up production of 3D-printed face masks, including manufacturing face shields that provide a wider 180-degree protection of the face against coronavirus (COVID-19).

The need for face masks soared in the UAE after the government said they should be worn at all times outside the home as wearing a face mask is proven to be 86 per cent more effective in reducing the spread of coronavirus infection.

Immensa Technology Labs, an engineering company based at SRTI Park that usually focuses on spare parts for the oil and gas industry and 3D printing components, has succeeded in developing, designing and producing a variety of face masks that can be used to prevent COVID-19 infection.

“Since February, Immensa has collaborated with various organisations in Europe to produce very effective PPEs (personal protective equipment) that is in short supply globally. One particular effective PPE is 3D-printed face shield, connected to a headband. The face shield or visor is made from a special polymer that repels viruses and bacteria,” said Fahmi Al Shawwa, CEO and founder at Immensa Technology Labs.

Unlike a face mask that is only covering the nose and mouth, a visor provides a 180-degree protection of the face, and also prevents the person from touching the face

“By March, Immensa has been producing over 5,000 face shields a week and currently Immensa has ramped up production of face shields to over 25,000 a week, supplying to numerous public and private entities across the UAE,” added Al-Shawwa

Immensa is also developing and 3D printing connectors for ventilators and other items facing shortages as well as spare parts for non medical machinery that are hard to source due to disruption in supply chain.

Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, said innovation, more than ever, plays a key roled in combating the global coronavirus pandemic.

He said, Immensa, one of the leading Additive Manufacturing (AM) company providing 3D printing services for customers in a range of industries, has successfully innovated its line of business to step up in supporting doctors, nurses and first responders, who are exposed to the virus.

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