January 28, 2021

Coronavirus in the Canary Islands: The ULPGC begins to manufacture protective material with 3D printing for Canarian hospitals – La Provincia


The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) is using the 3D printing service ‘Maker Space’ of the University Library for the production of parts intended to improve security conditions and protection in Canarian hospitals to fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Last week the ULPGC delivered a batch with all the protective and sanitary material (gloves, disinfectants, masks, goggles and gowns) collected in the different buildings and university services, as reported by the University in a press release.

As for the 3D Digital Printing Service ‘Maker Space’ of the ULPGC it is a service dependent on the Library of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria located in the Engineering Library, on the Campus of Tafira, What is it “capable of generating a physical object from a digital model by performing its construction layer by layer”.

Thus, this technique allows make physical models “of some complexity in an automated way, at a low cost and wasting the least material.”

The program that uses the 3D printer, whose model is ‘Raise3D N2’ of FDM technology (Fused Deposition Modeling) with double extruder, uses to configure the printing parameters ‘ideaMaker’ and the file format accepted mainly is STL.

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