Concordia University Wisconsin is utilizing its new 3D printer to produce heavy-duty N95 respirator masks for local healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
CUW, having the largest 3D printing capacity of any nonprofit in Wisconsin, teamed up with UW-Milwaukee’s Prototyping Center to create an ideal prototype. While the model has not yet been certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the demand for these masks far outweighs receiving this certification.
“We’re hearing from the medical community that they need the masks, and they need them now,” Dr. Dan Sem, Dean of Concordia’s Batterman School of Business, said.
Concordia’s new Makerspace Lab in The Robert W. Free Enterprise Center contains 30 3D printing machines and is currently printing up to 70 prototypes under one design within 24 hours. This adds up to 1,000 masks being printed within a span of two weeks.
CUW faculty and staff members are also working to have the masks delivered to places that are in need of them the most.
“Concordia’s Dr. Ken Harris, who previous served as a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department, is leading the charge to rally law enforcement within the Milwaukee Police Department to safely deliver the products to Children’s Hospital and other Wisconsin medical organizations once they are completed,” Kali Thiel, Director of Communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, said.
With the global shortage of respirator masks amid this pandemic, CUW students are thankful that Concordia is able to provide help to the surrounding communities.
“I think that this is a great idea! I think that this is another way that CUW is able to let its light shine before others so that the Lord gets the glory,” CUW student Arianna Gunn said.
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Written by Natalie Beck.