15. April 2020 News
Mülheim an der Ruhr/Bottrop, 09 April 2020: Young scientists at the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences are making a contribution to closing the supply gap for protective masks in the current corona crisis. For a week now, the 3D printers and laser cutters in the laboratories on both campuses have been running at full speed. A dedicated team of students and research assistants has joined the open source project 'maker versus virus'. The current assignment: The production of 500 so-called 'faceshields' for the fire brigade in Gelsenkirchen.
At the HRW, with the support of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Friedhoff, head of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, and Prof. Dr. Michael Schäfer, young scientists have come together in a team to help in the corona crisis and produce protective masks. The two HRW campuses are well equipped for the production of such protective masks. Both in the Bottroper Fablab and in the Mülheim Internet-of-Things-Laboratory the appropriate 3D printers and also laser cutters, which are needed for the production of the faceshields, are available.
The team uses the currently available free capacities of the technical equipment to do something in the fight against the corona virus and has joined the project 'makervsvirus'. The so-called 'maker' is a community of people who, in simple terms, own 3-D printers or laser cutters, are happy to share their know-how and make this production capacity available. At the end of March, the call to participate in the production of Faceshields was made in the maker scene. The project 'maker versus virus' was born and HRW is now part of this movement. Through a website of the project, needs of institutions are collected and distributed to the maker community.
Currently the HRW team is working on the production of 500 Faceshields, which are needed by the fire brigade Gelsenkirchen. Laser cutters cut the masks from PET and the 3D printers are programmed to produce the flexible headbands.
The HRW site in Bottrop is also involved in the project as a so-called hub, in addition to manufacturing the face shields. The hubs serve as a collection and distribution point for the required products. As an additional service, the HRW team receives deliveries from other manufacturers and ensures that the products are distributed to the appropriate locations, such as clinics, doctors' surgeries, etc., as required.
Jan Kißmann, research assistant at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering: "It is nice to know that we can make a contribution with the technical possibilities at our university to support in these times of crisis. We are happy to do so."
The young scientists continue to work with this enthusiasm. There is still a lot to do before the faceshields for the Gelsenkirchen fire brigade can be delivered in the next few days.
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