Researchers from Emory Healthcare and Georgia Tech have teamed up to develop face shield kits that front liners need in the fight against COVID-19. The innovative face shields are easily reproducible using 3D printers and laser cutting machines and the kits themselves can easily be assembled by health care professionals. The team plans to produce thousands of these kits and supply them to front liners.
Georgia Tech researchers have been working on developing face shield kit designs for weeks and sending each design to nurses and infection prevention experts at Emory Healthcare who provide real-time feedback. As a result of the efficient collaboration, the teams were able to develop both disposable and reusable face shield kits – with the durable reusable option designed for easy sanitation.
“The Georgia Tech mechanical engineering team is working to modify open-source face shield designs so they can be manufactured in high volumes for the rapid response environment that COVID-19 requires,” associate professor Christopher Saldana from Georgia Tech’s Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering said.
The researchers are now looking to partner with manufacturers that can fast track the production of these face shields. They are also collaborating on developing other PPEs that are in short supply.