Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) is producing face shields for frontliners in the province. The face shields are being made at Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory (AMREL) of the university using 3D printing technology.
AMREL Project Leader John Ryan Dizon said the face shields will be given to hospitals in the province. “We have already given face shields to Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center, Bataan St. Joseph Hospital Hospital and Medical Center, Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital, and Mariveles District Hospital. We are targeting to produce 1,000 face shields”, he said. Face shields were made of 3D printer filament, acetate film and rubber provided by different stakeholders including the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, he explained. “A single face shield takes about an hour to be produced”, he added.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said AMREL has created a process that combines 3D printing and injection molding in creating face shields at a faster pace but in a “more customizable manner”. AMREL is recognized by DOST as the first 3D printing research facility in the country. The university launched “Project BPSU” to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The production of face shields is an initiative under the project.