Amid a shortage of masks and goggles at medical facilities worldwide due to the new coronavirus outbreak, Osaka University and Charmant, a major manufacturer of eyeglass frames in Sabae, Fukui Prefecture, have developed a shield that covers the entire face using an A4-size clear file and a 3D printer.
They have disclosed the design for free.
Kiyokazu Nakajima, a specially appointed professor at Osaka University specialising in endoscopic treatment, and his colleagues developed the idea using a familiar object as a substitute for a mask.
The frame, made of stretchable resin, can be created in about an hour with a 3D printer. It is completed by attaching an A4-size clear file used to hold documents and protects the face from droplets that are released when coughing or sneezing. The materials cost between ¥100 (S$1.30) and ¥340.
"The design is available for the world. I want to tackle the virus with flexible thinking," Nakajima said. The design can be downloaded from Nakajima's laboratory home page.
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