The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) three-dimensional (3D) innovation laboratory Makerspace has been mobilised to help in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 by producing face shields to be used by frontline hospital staff as cases of the virus continue to rise in South Africa, and especially within Gauteng.
The Doornfontein campus’ Makerspace laboratory was launched in 2017 with the aim of helping students think and innovate in a 3D world.
The team working there have now begun using 3D printing to produce surgical face shields to help meet the rapidly growing need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.
The PPE is being distributed for free to healthcare professionals.
To date, ten shields have been distributed to various campus clinics at UJ, with another 15 set to be delivered to healthcare provider Netcare 911, says UJ Makerspace expert…