Q3D during the COVID19 pandemic
Dealing with patients with COVID-19 poses risks for health professionals and their protection is vital both for the safety of themselves and their immediate environment, as well as for avoiding the spread of the virus in the workplace. In addition, patients with COVID-19 hospitalized in Intensive Care Units often need to undergo very high-risk medical and nursing procedures.
In the context of this need for the optimization as well as the adequacy of very high personal protection measures for ICU staff, the Computer Graphics research team of the Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics in collaboration with the Intensive Care Unit of the University Hospital of Ioannina designed and printed on 3D FDM printers of the Department of Computer and Informatics Engineering adapters for adapting anti-viral respirator filters to full face masks, to protect medical and nursing staff from COVID-19. The resulting negative pressure was tested to ensure the safety of medical personnel. The process of test printing and certification of the quality of the printed part was carried out in the framework of the project "Q3D: Quality Assurance in 3D Printing" (code T1EDK-00108) in collaboration with EKETA/IPTHIL and the company 3D Life, which is financed by the "Research Create Innovate" program of EYDE-ETAK.
The partnership was announced in a press release: