The Pan African Materials Institute, PAMI, a World Bank-funded Materials Science Center of Excellence, at the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, has come up with this contribution to curbing the spread of COVID-19 by using 3D machines to print Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers at the frontline of this battle. Examples of what is being printed using the 3D facility at AUST’s multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art AfDB lab range from N95 nose masks, ventilator components to swabs for testing.

There are an acute need more substrates and we are mobilizing our trainees in various West African countries to use their Materials Science training effectively. We have sent some design files obtained from the National Institute of Health, NIH 3D print exchange program in the US to Mohammed Dukuli, an AUST alum from Liberia, to use and print as soon as he gets a 3D printer. We had distributed 3D printers to Bauchi, Ekiti, Lagos and FCT under our Mathematics and Science for Sub Saharan Africa, MS4SSA program with the aim of introducing digital education to STEM teaching and learning to secondary schools in Nigeria.

These medical devices would be required in greater amounts and PAMI is willing to support individuals or groups anywhere in West Africa with the technical support in making these devices.

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3D printer Manual Guide

3D Printing of Faceshield