Your help gets through
Private nursing services, the professional fire brigade, and other public institutions are currently struggling with the same problems as hospitals: Protective equipment is scarce, and the procurement of such equipment is extremely challenging due to supply bottlenecks. The DRESDEN-concept partners decided to help and handed over more than 3000 plastic visors produced by 3D-printing and injection moulding.
Some reactions we have received:
The fire and disaster protection office of the State capital of Dresden is grateful for the support it has been receiving during these weeks. The protective visors provided to us are an important element in our daily emergency services. These protective visors offer effective protection against possible infections, especially during the preclinical intubation of patients requiring ventilation, during the suction of secretions, and also when taking nasal, oral and throat swabs.
Michael Klahre, press spokesman of the Dresden Fire Department
We are pleased to be able to counterbalance material shortages and supply bottlenecks in Eastern Saxony with this highly professional range of 3D printed products. We will now distribute these protective visors to all hospitals within the region, depending on their demand.
PD (Privatdozent) Dr Christian Kleber, Head of the Central Hospital Control Centre of Dresden-East Saxony
We are overwhelmed by the great commitment of the DRESDEN-concept partners and of the companies in Saxony. Members of staff on all levels, from PhD students to professors and company directors, are working round the clock to counterbalance the shortages of protective visors using printed models. The DDc partners and the businesses provide unbureaucratic support with resources, materials and equipment.
Prof Brigitte Voit, board member of DRESDEN-concept and Scientific Director of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden
Due to injection moulding, we were able to reduce the production time of the head mountings from 1.5 hours to 15 seconds. To produce the head mountings, we use production residues, which makes the process very resource-efficient. We are working hard on a solution to produce also the other parts of the plastic visor by recycling injection moulding.
Felix Schulz, core team member in the Kunststoffschmiede and research associate at the ILK
The project team of DRESDEN-concept researchers and the biosaxony network were able to supply various facilities with face shields in a very short time, thanks to 3D printing and injection moulding elements:
- Berufsfeuerwehr der Landeshauptstadt Dresden
- Sanicur Dresden GmbH
- Klinikum Zwickau
- Städtisches Klinikum Dresden
- Elblandklinikum Radebeul
- Praxis Dr. Ziegler, Dresden
- Herzzentrum Dresden
- Cultus gGmbH
- Klinikum Chemnitz gGmbH
- Universitätsklinikum Leipzig
- Praxis Dr. Ruth Götze, Torgau
- K & S Seniorenresidenz, Zwickau
- Christliches Sozialwerk gGmbH