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The University of Johannesburg's Library Makerspace team is developing vital protective material.

The team is using 3D printing to produce surgical face shields to meet the growing need for personal protective
equipment for healthcare workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph, UJ Library and Information Centre executive director professor Maria Frahm-Arp says the shield is reusable.

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We are making face shields and the top part of the shield is like a headband and that is what we are printing with 3D printers so it is made out of plastics.

Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive director - Library and information Center UJ

The actual face-covering we are using old transparency sheets from the age we used to have overhead projectors.

Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive director - Library and information Center UJ

We can print one band every hour and a half.

Professor Maria Frahm-Arp, Executive director - Library and information Center UJ

Listen to the full interview below...

This article first appeared on 702 : UJ makes use of 3D printing to make surgical face shields

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