UW team creates 3D surgical masks against COVID-19 for Cheyenne Medical Center
April 1, 2020
The University of Wyoming Student Innovation Center Team is producing 200 masks -- 100 surgical facemasks and 100 face shields -- and delivering them to the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to help medical professionals safeguard against novel coronavirus COVID-19. With the nationwide spread of the coronavirus the last several weeks, medical supplies have become dangerously low, especially the demand for medical masks used by professionals to guard against the spread and protect against the virus. Cheyenne Regional Medical Centerís medical workers reached out asking for assistance and have requested at least 100 protective masks and 100 face shields. All will be produced through the SICís 3D printers and laser cutters. The UW team is not charging any of the hospitals in the area for material or use of the machines.
The UW SIC team is making the face masks and face shields with ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), the same sort of plastic found in Legos, because it is more resistant to higher temperatures than more common plastics that a hobbyist 3D printer might work with at home. ABS also is easier to sterilize. It takes approximately four hours to print one mask.
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