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Can You Help the UEA Start 3D Printing Vital Medical Equipment?

Posted on March 23, 2020

Call for scientists and engineers to lend skills and expertise to help fight Coronavirus

A team of doctors and scientists at the UEA have asked engineers and designers to help produce vital medical equipment to provide hospitals with more resources to beat the Coronavirus crisis. 

Dr Aram Saeed, in the School of Pharmacy, and Dr Ben Garrod, in the School of Biological Sciences, are mobilising a team at UEA to start 3D printing ventilators, masks and other vital medical equipment. They have joined forces with local groups Sync Norwich, Hot Source, Norfolk Developers, Norfolk Network and TechEast to find people who can offer particular skills. 

Dr Saeed is looking for people with software skills – particularly Solidworks for CAD design, and those trained in 3D scanners and conversion of files to STIL files.  

The team are also looking for printers - Fused Deposition Modeling (FMD), that uses thermoplastic filaments, brands Makerbot or similar, and SLA types printers which use liquid resins. Blueprints for ventilators or parts are also needed, as well as PEEP valves.

The group is also looking for people with project management or administration skills for file sharing and on boarding. Additionally, if you are able to help with funding, or supplying software or tooling, they want to hear from you. 

If you are able to help, please sign up to register your interest:

For more information, please see the full press release on the UEA's website:

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