Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Universities brainstorm new safety designs

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2020 By: Dale Denwalt Source: NewsOK

As the nation works to alleviate the widespread shortage of protective gear and critical equipment for health care workers and first responders, the 3D printing community, which includes manufacturers, researchers and hobbyists is stepping in to help.

Teams at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University separately began working on creating prototype protective masks and face shields during the coronavirus pandemic.

At OSU, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology's ENDEAVOR Lab is donating their manufactured prototypes to local first responders and medical professionals in the Stillwater community, along with AllianceHealth Durant.

Electrical engineering technology senior Killian Bussey, who works at ENDEAVOR, was initially inspired by a Twitter post from Italy, where volunteers made protective masks for medical professionals and first responders. He talked to his supervisors and fellow electrical engineering technology student Jordan Fogg about the idea and the team was soon at work.

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