MONTREAL – A team of researchers is multidisciplinary, has designed a project to 3D print equipment medical and non-medical for the benefit of the staff of the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM).
The project, which aims to support the hospital in its fight against the COVID-19 has mobilized researchers from the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), research Centre of the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CRCHUM) and the clinical teams of the CHUM and the CIUSSS of the North-of-the-island-of-Montreal.
“The team creates prototypes and print materials, as well as protective equipment to address the needs of hospital, and this, until the suppliers can meet the demand”, said on Thursday the CHUM by way of a press release.
Approximately 1000 peaks have been already delivered to the nursing staff of the CHUM.
The project aims to”stow the equipment needs of the hospital infrastructure, 3D printing, existing”, a-t-is added.
According to the CHUM, the goal is to produce “fast” visors, swabs used to detect the COVID-19 adapters for filters of protective masks and connections for the respirators, as well as tents for protection for the surgery.
“We can now design a minimum of 500 shields per day,” said Jacques A. de Guise, professor at ÉTS and researcher at the CRCHUM.
However, the production capacity could increase with the collaboration of industrial partners, social economy enterprises as well as citizens and students with the 3D printers.
“I find it extraordinary that the whole scientific community in quebec combines its strengths in 3D printing, has claimed for his part, François DeBlois, head of the department of physics in radio-oncology at the CHUM. In a collaborative spirit and open, it is mobilizing to equip health care teams on the field and fight against the COVID-19.”