Immensa makes 3D-printed masks, visors at SRTI Park to curb COVID-19
The 3D-printed face shield, connected to a headband, “is made from a special polymer that repels viruses and bacteria
Immensa Technology Labs, an engineering and 3D printing firm based at the Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTI Park), has ramped up production of 3D-printed face masks, including face shields and visors, aimed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).
The demand for face masks has soared in the UAE ever since the government mandated personal protective equipment (PPE) – including masks and gloves – to be worn at all times while leaving the house for essential services such as buying groceries and seeking emergency or medical assistance.
The 3D-printed PPE gear developed by Immensa at the SRTI Park is specifically designed with components that prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection.
Commenting on the production of the 3D-printed protective gear, the chief executive officer and founder of Immensa Technology Labs, Fahmi Al-Shawwa, said: “Since February, Immensa has collaborated with various organisations in Europe to produce very effective PPEs that are in short supply globally.”
Al-Shawwa added: “One particularly effective PPE is the 3D-printed face shield, connected to a headband. The face shield or visor is made from a special polymer that repels viruses and bacteria.”
Unlike a face mask that traditionally covers only the nose and mouth, the visors provide a 180-degree protection of the face, and also prevents people from touching their own face.
“Immensa has been producing more 5,000 face shields a week, since March, and has currently ramped up production of face shields to more than 25,000 a week, supplying to numerous public and private entities across the UAE,” Al-Shawwa added.
Immensa is also developing 3D-printed connectors for ventilators and other items facing shortages, as well as spare parts for non-medical machinery that are hard to source due to the disruption in supply chain.
The CEO of SRTI Park, HE Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, emphasised that innovation, now more than ever, will play a key role in combating the global coronavirus pandemic.
He added that Immensa will support doctors, nurses, and first responders who are exposed to the virus through its 3D-printed and additive manufacturing (AM) products.