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The National about Proto21 – Generation Start-up: how 3D printers at Proto21 joined the UAE’s Covid-19 frontline

Dubai-based 3D printing company Proto21 manufactures protective equipment key to the fight on Covid-19. All pictures courtesy Dubai Media Office

Seven years ago Pir Arkam became the first person to build a 3D printer in his native Pakistan. His alma mater, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, still boasts about his achievement in marketing materials – even though the first object he produced was a whistle incapable of producing sound.

However, after thousands of attempts, a Master’s degree in robotics and automation and a move to Dubai, Mr Arkam’s work is much more than a passing university hobby. His two year-old start-up, Proto21, now provides life-saving materials to those on the frontline of the Covid-19 response in the UAE.

His story is one of many in nearly every corner of the globe of a 3D printing workshop transforming its output in the face of this pandemic. For the past few months, start-ups, labs at universities and major multinationals like GE, HP and Volkswagen have been 3D printing much-needed masks, face shields and ventilator splitters to hospitals and medical professionals.

 

Dubai Police – Dubai Police provides 3D printed face shields to its frontline heroes

Authorities around the globe are fighting the Covid-19 in one way or other and most importantly they are taking all necessary measurements to provide the highest level of protection for their teams working in the frontline including medical staff and ambulance personnel. One such personal protective equipment is the 3D Printed Face shield which consists of a headband, a protective sheet and a reinforcement. We are extremely grateful to Dubai Police for choosing Proto21 for their requirement for the 3D printed face shields as a part of the comprehensive precautionary measure against Covid-19.

Dubai Media Office

Dubai-based 3D printing company Proto21 manufactures 3D-printed face masks and shields, so far producing more than 35,000 face shields, while exporting personal protective equipment (PPE) to regional and international markets.

Gulf News – COVID-19: Dubai Police provides 3D-printed face shields to frontline personnel

1,000 of these shields have been distributed among frontliners, Dubai Police said
As part of comprehensive precautionary measures against COVID-19, Dubai Police has provided 3D-printed face shields to its frontline personnel. Over 1,000 face shields have been provided to its officials at the forefront of fighting the pandemic.

The face shields, manufactured using 3D printing technology, are designed to provide the highest level of protection for teams working on the frontlines. Some of the key workers benefiting from the face shields are ambulance personnel.

The National – Coronavirus: Dubai 3D printing firm delivers vital support to frontline workers

Proto21 is producing crucial medical equipment and protective gear for police and healthcare workers

Coronavirus: Dubai 3D printing firm delivers vital support to frontline workers
Proto21 is producing crucial medical equipment and protective gear for police and healthcare workers

The 3D printing firm was set up in May, 2018
A Dubai company is offering vital support to key workers fronting the UAE’s fight against coronavirus.

Gulf Today – Dubai Police provide 3D printed face shields to its frontline heroes

Over 1,000 face shields have been provided to its officials at the forefront of fighting the pandemic.

As part of comprehensive precautionary measures against COVID-19, Dubai Police have provided 3D-printed face shields to its frontline personnel working to combat COVID-19. Over 1,000 face shields have been provided to its officials at the forefront of fighting the pandemic.

The face shields, manufactured using 3D printing technology, are designed to provide the highest level of protection for teams working on the frontlines. Some of the key workers benefiting from the face shields are ambulance personnel.

Khaleej Times – Combating coronavirus: Dubai Police provide over 1,000 3D-printed face shields

The face shields, worn over face masks, provide an added layer of protection since they cover the eyes.

3D Printed Face Shields

As part of comprehensive precautionary measures against Covid-19, Dubai Police have provided 3D-printed face shields to its frontline personnel working to combat the coronavirus. Over 1,000 face shields have been provided to its officials at the forefront of fighting the pandemic.

The face shields, manufactured using 3D printing technology, are designed to provide the highest level of protection for teams working on the frontlines. Some of the key workers benefiting from the face shields are ambulance personnel.

The face shields, worn over face masks, provide an added layer of protection since they cover the eyes. The lightweight and easy-to-use shields can be attached behind the ears. The top head mount of the shield is reusable and can be sanitised, while its front transparent visor is replaceable.

Dubai Police said it places the highest priority on the safety of the teams working on the frontlines to provide vital security and emergency services.

“The 3D-printed face shields aim to ensure the safety of our police officers who are working on the frontlines. Unlike the regular face masks which provide limited protection by merely covering the nose and mouth, these face shields protect other exposed areas by covering the entire face,” a Dubai Police official said.

Dubai Police said the face shields meet the global standards required to ensure the maximum possible protection for staff and can be easily produced when needed. By utilising 3D printing technology, Dubai Police can accelerate the manufacturing process when required, the official added.

3D printed face shields are now being increasingly used by healthcare workers and Covid-19 frontline staff, especially police and ambulance personnel, to meet the greater need for protection.

The face shields can protect workers exposed to high risks of infection from respiratory droplets from Covid-19 patients. Reports have shown that the virus can be transmitted when contaminated droplets enter the body through the eyes, nose or mouth. When worn over the face mask, the face shields provide a double layer of protection for workers who regularly come in close contact with infected patients.

Al Bayan – Proto 21 manufactures face masks with 3D printing technology

Al Bayan – Proto 21 manufactures face masks with 3D printing technology

The environment that supports creativity, whose foundations were established by the Emirate of Dubai a long time ago, has resulted in the creation of distinct types of emerging and small companies specialized in sectors that keep pace with the requirements of the times and specialize in activities in line with the nature of life in Dubai and its ambitions to be the capital of the new global economy, by encouraging existing business and economic activities On knowledge, sophisticated thought and creativity

Twitter – Proto 21 manufactures face masks with 3D printing technology

At a time when Dubai is currently intensifying its efforts to confront the spread of the emerging corona virus (Covid-19), a group of small and medium-sized companies have emerged that have expressed their desire to support these efforts with innovative solutions and products that will contribute to enhancing Dubai’s ability to address the global pandemic that has cast its shadow. On most aspects of life around the world, and by relying on advanced technologies and innovative ideas, especially since this challenge requires everyone’s cooperation and all efforts and initiatives.