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Intel Malaysia employees are 3D printing reusable face shields for healthcare frontliners

by Vyncent ChanApril 7, 2020
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As the COVID-19 pandemic forced Malaysians to observe the Restricted Movement Oder (RMO), people are now staying at home to help prevent the spread of the virus. On top of that, these Intel Malaysia employees has decided to take it upon themselves to 3D print protective face shields using their 3D printers at home to help in the fight.

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Loh Wei Keat, ATTD Malaysia site manager and David Ting, APJ Inside Sales field application engineer shared notes and sourced design blueprints from local maker community to print face shields on their personal 3D printers. They have managed to churn out around 40 to 50 masks per day, and has handed over nearly 500 face shields to the Penang Science Cluster (PSC) to ensure that the masks make it to the frontliners in hospitals.

The 3D-printed face shields are reusable as they can be sterilized, reducing waste. With frontliners facing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the reusability is an important factor to ensure that they can stay protected while they perform their duties.

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Each piece can take up to an hour to 3D print, but both David and Wei Keat are already looking to improve on their design with feedback from the maker community and also the frontliners who are using their designs.

Intel Malaysia has committed to donate RM2 million to help the General Hospitals in Penang and Kedah and other Malaysian Government agencies purchase vital equipment. Part of this donation will be channeled to PSC to help them produce 2000 face shields to be provided to hospitals and clinics in the Northern region.

Pokdepinion: Keep it up! We can get over this together! 💪 Meanwhile I will just do my part by staying at home and gaming working…

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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