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EEO. 2020; 19(4): 3479-3486


COMBATING COVID-19: WORKFLOW AND DISTRIBUTION OF THREEDIMENSIONALLY PRINTED FACE SHIELDS

Muhammad Asyraf Bin MhdPauzi, Dr. Khong Chee Weng, Dr. Zainudin Bin Siran, Ku Ahmad Adzam Bin Ku Saud, Bostami Bin Ahmad, Mazlan bin Mahadzir.

Abstract
On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the “coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) a global pandemic. This novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic outbreaks emerged in December 2019 from Wuhan City in Hubei Province, China. It spread to the rest of the world [Guo, Cao, Hong et al. 2019]. This pandemic has led to the shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) at a global level, especially in Malaysia. This paper presents the alternative process of producing face shields using fused deposition modelling (FDM) in three-dimensional (3D) printing. The 3D file for the face shield was obtained from an online portal, the file ‘sliced’ using Cura software, 3D printed using Ultimaker 2+, and the finishing includes attaching a transparent PVC rigid sheet with holes punched along its side. A quickly fabricated and low-cost solution, this face shield proved to be feasible to be used for Malaysian front liners in combating the pandemic.

Key words: Covid-19, fused deposition modelling (FDM), personal protective equipment (PPE), severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)






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