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University makerspace supplies Ottawa hospitals with 3D-printed face shields

The Richard L'Abbé Makerspace staff are using their lab equipment to manufacture protective equipment for frontline health care workers.
By: Greggory Clark
March 23, 2020
Engineering grad Mohamed Elsageyer wears a face shield built using student equipment. Photo by Midia Shikh Hassan.

Staff at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED), which operates Richard L'Abbé Makerspace at the University of Ottawa, have committed their various 3D printers and laser cutters to manufacture much-needed face shields for frontline medical workers.

The laboratory staff are working with physicians at The Ottawa Hospital and l'Hôpital Montfort to improve the design of face shields and are looking at what other items they may be able to produce with teaching equipment available at the University's makerspace lab.

"We know that we have the capability, we have equipment, we have... an army of students and community members who always want to help and support these initiatives," says Midia Shikh Hassan, one of the managers at CEED. "So it's not about why we wanted to do it, but... why not do it?"

Source: CBC Ottawa

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