An Ottawa lab is heeding the call to help frontline health-care workers by using its 3D printers to manufacture vital personal protective equipment.
The Ontario Medical Association and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario say there’s an imminent threat of shortages of items such as face masks as hospitals prepare for the anticipated wave of COVID-19 patients.
“We know that we have a certain set of knowledge, skills and resources that could make a difference. So it’s not about why we wanted to do it, but it’s like, why not do it?” said Midia Shikh Hassan, one of the managers at the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED) at the University of Ottawa, home of the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace.
The centre is working with physicians from The Ottawa Hospital and engineers to improve the design of protective face shields and other items that can be produced…