Sun. Mar 29th, 2020

Coronavirus in the Canary Islands: The ULPGC creates protective visors to fight the coronavirus – La Provincia


The Research Group in Integrated and Advanced Manufacturing of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), which is directed by the professor Mario Monsoon, has made its resources available to the health authorities and has begun to produce protective visors through 3d print for the fight against coronavirus (Covid-19)

A first batch has already been delivered and the pace is going to increase, once the plastic acetates that have been disused in the different university departments have been collected, to which the donation of another 900 acetates of 300 µm for visor screens, thanks to the company Serican, SL:

The Research Group on Integrated and Advanced Manufacturing has also started testing to get disposable masks with a HEPA filter, which will be a somewhat more arduous task because it requires making a mold and it is not done with 3D printing.

Collection of material

The Vice-Rector’s Office for Coordination and Institutional Projects has informed the ULPGC centers, departments and university institutes that, in collaboration with the instructions of the Occupational Risk Prevention Service and attending to the availability of personnel ‘on site’ to collect these materials, The following collection points have been enabled: San Cristobal: Health Sciences (Concierge); Campus of Tafira: School of Industrial and Civil Engineering. Concierge – A115; Veterinary Faculty: Concierge- Warehouse Module 4.

Yesterday we were already echoing that the ULPGC has put into operation the 3D Printing Service ‘Maker Space’ of the University Library for the production of parts intended to improve safety and protection conditions in Canary Islands hospitals to fight Coronavirus (Covid-19).

In this way, the ULPGC continues to put all its resources at the service of the health authorities, after having delivered last week a batch with all the protective and sanitary material (gloves, disinfectants, masks, protective glasses and gowns) collected in the different university buildings and services.

The ULPGC ‘Maker Space’ 3D Digital Printing Service is a service dependent on the Library of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is located in the Engineering Library, on the Tafira Campus, and is capable of generating a physical object from a digital model, performing its construction layer by layer. This technique allows to make physical models of certain complexity in an automated way, at a low cost and wasting the least material.

The available 3D printer is the “Raise3D N2” model with FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology with a double extruder. The program used to configure the printing parameters is “ideaMaker”, and the mainly accepted file format is STL.

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