- 3D Systems
- Metro North Hospital and Health Service
The scale of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent disruption to global supply chains has led to an acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Queensland healthcare workers. In response, a state-wide taskforce was established in March 2020 to investigate alternative supplies of essential PPE such as face filtration respirators (FFRs), typically N95/P2 face masks which are in high demand for frontline healthcare workers treating respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19.
This project aims to develop novel reusable patient and clinician specific-face masks which can be decontaminated.
This project will build on existing proprietary face scanning technology to incorporate personalisation into mask designs. These designs can be prototyped using 3D printing and fitted with disposable filtration materials that can be rapidly interchanged.
This project is supported by strong industry partnerships with 3D Systems, CSIRO as well as philanthropy and commercialisation support by Edale Capital.
We expect to establish rapid manufacturing approaches to design and fabricate personalised FFRs with N95-compliant filters. This will provide Queensland healthcare workers with necessary PPE for treating COVID-19 patients.
Skills and experience
To be considered for this project you should have skills and/or experience in:
- mechanical and/or medical engineering
- 3D printing.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact the supervisor for more information.