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UVI Producing 3D Respiratory Masks to Support Fight Against Coronavirus

Mask Parts Assembly Covid 19   Demo

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has extended a philanthropic hand by producing 3D respiratory masks. Personal protective gear is a scarce commodity as the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc over the world.

To date, the university has produced over 70 3D respiratory masks and distributed about 67 to hospitals and other community locations across the territory.

According to Dr. David Hall, the current president of UVI, the masks are a need that primarily serve the Virgin Islands and follows the global mission of the University-- to "serve the world." Since receiving the first call from Dr. Christian, Dr. David Morris of the College of Science and Mathematics, Prof. Timothy Faley of the School of Business and special assistant to the president, and UVI student Kedisha Charles have been printing 3D masks and will continue to do so until the pandemic ceases.

Faley states that the Center for Disease Control is recommending that everyone should start wearing masks in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Dr. Hall is in awe of the University's efforts to help others. He never imagined that the equipment purchased for the Innovation Centers would assist in saving lives. UVI launched two Innovation Centers in January 2016 (one on each campus). These centers provide the space to encourage “creative collisions” – a place for students to meet and discuss ideas. They are outfitted with equipment to help students collaborate and create rapid prototypes. Each center is equipped with computers, 3D imaging camera, 3D printer, white boards and configurable furniture.

The 3D respiratory masks are being produced by 3D printers housed in the Innovation Centers of each campus and the physics department.

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