Georgia Tech's rapid response
Another customer that has been at the forefront of the COVID battle has been the Georgia Institute of Technology. Their participation and ingenuity started when they realized that the N95 mask shortage was growing, which prompted many students and professors to come together to determine how to best address this issue. In addition to their long list of industry contacts that joined in on the project, the involvement also consisted of the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI) as well as the Mechanical, Chemical, and Biology departments, according to Kentez Brown, the Shop Manager at the Invention Studio at Georgia Tech.
“Our CO2 Speedy 400 was instrumental for cranking out the PET face shields to do the first small run to test how manufacturable our design was,” says Brown. “The combination of the pass-through feature, bed size, and vacuum table doubled our production rate of the PET section of the face shields.” In addition to creating face shields, Georgia Tech has also been prototyping a Bag Valve Mask (BVM) Ventilator system, protective shields used for intubation and other aerosolization procedures, as well as many other projects.
Trotec's PET & modified acrylic