Four Georgian College students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology course have been able to apply what they’ve learned toward helping produce critical personal protective equipment (PPE). The students are part of the Research and Innovation team manufacturing temporary face shields.
The students are still making single-use face shields and will soon have produced 10,000 units–about 2,000 have already gone to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie. The remainder will be donated to hospitals in Orillia and Alliston, and several smaller clinics in Orillia and Midland.
They have also been collaborating with Orillia-based Kubota Materials Canada Corporation. The company is putting its two 3D printers to use to produce and supply parts for masks and face shields during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our Research and Innovation team saw an opportunity to use innovative technology to meet the need of valued partners such as Kubota and we’re doing what we can to help them tool up to produce these parts,” said Mira Ray, Director, Research and Innovation at Georgian. “Kubota is supplying the materials and we’re making the inserts that will go with the bands that they’re printing.”
Georgian’s research team has also produced several dozen face shields, which includes 3D printing parts and cutting shields. The smaller printed parts are used in combination with the plastic shields to make full face masks that are going out to pharmacies, smaller health units and clinics in Midland and Orillia.
Student Nicholas Noseworthy said it’s been a valuable experience to apply what he’s learned in the classroom to a real-life situation.
“This is a great opportunity for me and my classmates to use the manufacturing skills we’ve learned to assist our Canadian health-care professionals and keep them stocked up with the vital resources they need right now,” said Noseworthy. “We’re using our knowledge of manufacturing process equipment within a safe and sanitary work environment to quickly learn new equipment and adapt to what’s needed in a widespread pandemic such as COVID-19.”
The other students working on this project are Connor MacInnis, Jared Bergsma and Jack VanEgdom.