As COVID-19 continues to gain momentum as a global pandemic, and the need for protective gear for first-line responders increases, Netcare has asked for assistance from the local 3D printer community. Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group employees have responded. Netcare recently urged members of the 3D printing community across Gauteng to assist with printing parts for face shields for medical staff treating patients with COVID-19. Once the parts for 10 masks are completed, Netcare will send an ambulance to come collect them from your place of residence when an ambulance is in your area. Anyone with a 3D printer with a build volume of 200 x 200 mm was asked to contribute.
Nico Davies, a mechatronics technician at Tectra Automation, immediately started production of fully re-usable face masks. Fellow company employee André Steyn, a supply chain manager at HYSA, is also participating in this life-saving project. From his home, using his own 3D printer and materials, Steyn makes the clips which hold the mask and shield in place. Tectra Automation has pledged to cover all material costs, in support of this initiative.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages will continue to be an issue as manufacturer and supply chains cannot meet the growing demand. As is often the case, PPE items require disposal after use. Nico has designed a mask that will last one person indefinitely. The mask’s special filter can be replaced when needed. This will go a long way in enabling sustainability and protection of health workers. Tectra Automation and HYSA are Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group companies.
Contact Gillian Allin, Bosch Rexroth South Africa, Tel 011 979 4630, firstname.lastname@example.org