We’re using 3D printing to produce two designs of protective face shields for Queensland healthcare workers.

plastic face shield on a wooden tableWhile usually reserved for research purposes, we’re using nearly all our 3D printers to print short runs of shield frames as part of a state-wide collaborative effort. We expect to be supplying 300 to 500 units within two weeks. This contribution will ensure that Queensland healthcare workers have sufficient protective equipment available to meet current demands while Australian industry adapts to mass manufacturing these kinds of items.

In the recent weeks, the Herston Biofabrication Institute, which usually makes prosthetics and 3D-printed medical implants, put out the call to anyone with a 3D printer to assist the production of face shields to assist the Queensland government in securing personal protective equipment supply.

Through an inspiring collaborative effort, our group has been part of the delivery of 3,000 face shields in less than a week. Partners on this endeavour also included Arc Hardware Incubator, QUT, the University of Queensland, Healthia Group, COVID-SOS, Konica Minolta, Shapelabs, community members, small businesses and schools.

3D printing process of a face shield frame at a CSIRO Data61 facility.

[3D printing cartridge moves across the device's platform following the outline of the face shield frame in a time lapse video.]

[The cartridge slowly builds upon the outline to create the frame by the end of the video.]

[CSIRO and Data61 logos appear on black background with the words ‘Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group’ and the website address research.csiro.au/robotics]

3D printing process of a face shield

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