The 3D printers of the SEDI-Cup-ct Digital Manufacturing Laboratory (FABLAB) of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) and those of the University's volunteers work at full capacity.
The Polytechnic of Cartagena has already manufactured 400 protective screens for the toilets of the Santa Lucía Hospital.
Currently, the UPCT group that is dedicated to manufacturing the protective visors is made up of about twenty people with about 30 3D printers, which is why, as detailed by the director of the Industrial Design and Scientific Calculation Service (SEDIC) and professor in the area of Graphic Expression in Engineering, Lola Ojados, produce an average of one hundred visors a day.
â€œWe will be producing the visors until they tell us that they are no longer necessary, as long as we have the resources for it.
We are trying to make the 3D printed part reusable and only the acetate, which is the protective screen, needs to be changed.
We are doing it on demand, until the hospital centers are supplied, "he explains.
In addition to that, he reports that they have received requests from personnel from the Santa Lucía Hospital indicating that they had purchased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and needed valves to adapt them, â€œso we have also manufactured them and are testing them.
If they ask us for more, we will also ask them. "
In Cartagena, there are two collection points for the visors that have been manufactured in 3D, one is located in the CEEIC building, in the Cabezo Beaza Industrial Estate, and the other in the Rectorate of the UPCT.
It is the hospital staff who are in charge of collecting them and once they arrive at the health center, a careful disinfection process is followed before using them.
Other collection points are in Murcia, Cieza and Mula at the moment, and from there it is distributed to other hospitals in the region.