Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Assists With COVID-19 Protective Masks
As COVID-19 continues to gain momentum as a global pandemic, Netcare recently reached out to members of Gauteng’s 3D printing community to assist with printing parts for face shields for medical staff treating patients with COVID-19. Anybody with a build volume of 200 x 200 mm was asked for assistance, and Bosch Rexroth employees heeded the call!
Nico Davies, Mechatronics Technician at Tectra Automation, immediately responded to this life-saving initiative, beginning production of fully re-usable face mask frames according to the supplied specifications. Fellow Group company employee André Steyn, Supply Chain Manager at HYSA, is also contributing to the project, making the clips that hold the mask and shield in place from his home. Tectra Automation is covering the overall costs of the materials. Once the parts for 10 masks are completed, Netcare will collect them.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages will continue to be an issue as manufacturer and supply chains cannot meet the growing demand. As is often the case, PPE items require disposal after use. Nico has designed a mask that will last one person indefinitely. “The mask’s special filter can be replaced when needed.” This will go a long way in enabling sustainability and protection of health workers.
In a time of crisis, Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group employees have demonstrated our commitment to Move Now, Drive Tomorrow and Shape Africa.
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The various components of the face mask, printed by Nico Davies, are fully re-usable.
The green clips, 3D printed by André Steyn.