Learning to Clean 3D Printers On the Go
At the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, the COVID-19 support effort has been a learning experience.
The school jumped in early, leveraging its MakerGear M2 and MakerBot printers to create masks for healthcare workers. “Our frontline workers and healthcare providers are our own family, friends and neighbors. We are an engineering and science university. We want to use our expertise to support our community in this time of crisis,” says Mike Ray, a communications manager at the school.
While the 3D printing worked flawlessly, the team learned that in a healthcare situation, there are always nuances. “Major concerns arose over the ability to clean them and to ensure proper fit for healthcare workers,” Ray explains.
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The school has since shifted away from mask printing…