3D printing is classified as a critical service as it can be used to manufacture health-related products, supplies, devices and equipment. We are seeing the importance of this technology, especially during the Coronavirus outbreak, with 3D hobbyists and larger manufacturers printing face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, respirator parts and more.

Even schools came on board. As part of a national Curro initiative, Curro schools supported various hospitals, doctors, clinics, the SAPS, ER24 and other frontline health workers. With the help of teaching staff and by using the school’s 3D printers and laser cutters, they produced, and supplied, frontline workers with 3D printed face masks and protective face shields. These printers were used to print the head band and shield components for the shields.

The full article appears in the July/August edition of Sign Africa Journal (page 30). To read more, download a PDF of the magazine here.

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