The DOST Metals Industry Research & Development Center (MIRDC) through DOST Cebu Provincial S&T Center donates 8,000 face shields to Philippine Nurses Association – Cebu Chapter (PNA-Cebu) on July 10, 2020.
Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, the DOST-MIRDC, led by its Executive Director, Engr. Robert O. Dizon, supports the needs of medical frontliners. Responding to the country’s need for supplies of protective personal equipment (PPEs), specifically face shields, the MIRDC initiated the mass production of these medical face shields on May 15, 2020.
Initially, MIRDC was only producing 50 face shields a day through the 3D printing technologies house in the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMCen) in Bicutan, Taguig City. To augment the production, the Center shifted to plastic injection technology carried out in cooperation with technology partners such as the Omnifab, Inc., a 3D printing company who fabricated the first mold and the Megasamsotite in San Pedro, Laguna which offered its facilities for mass production. The other mold for the face shield frames was fabricated at the Die and Mold Solution Center (DMSC), a facility of the DOST-MIRDC. The transition from 3D printing to plastic injection technology increased the production by up to 5,000 pieces of face shield frames per day.
DOST Cebu OIC-Provincial S&T Director Bryan Ybanez spearheads the distribution of the face shields to the representatives of PNA Cebu led by its President Joseph Stephen Descallar. DOST 7 OIC-Regional Director Jesus F. Zamora, Jr. also revealed that MIRDC allocates 15,000 face shields for Central Visayas. The rest of the face shields shall be distributed to other provinces in the region. (by: PSTC Cebu)