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BURG develops mouth and nose covers from the 3D printer

The Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle supports the city of Halle (Saale) with mouth and nose covers from the 3D printer. Due to the current delivery bottlenecks and high demand for mouth and nose covers, the masks are currently being developed as prototypes by employees of the central workshops of the BURG. The 3D printers, which are currently in the “home office” of the workshop employees at home, can currently generate up to 20 pieces per day with the thermoplastic material. This number is to be increased even further.

The masks made at the BURG will then be made available to the city of Halle free of charge. The civil protection team of the city of Halle carries out the material testing and acceptance in consultation with the Halle-based Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. The masks are based on an open-source design that can be produced in-house using 3D printers. In addition, an exchangeable, three-layer fabric filter mat that is inserted into the mask is required. The materials in question are currently being investigated. As soon as production can take place, the masks of the city's main station are made available to the fire brigade, and the civil protection staff coordinates distribution.

In addition, students and employees of the fashion and textile courses at the BURG are developing various instructions for textile mouth and nose protectors made of sturdy and easy-to-clean cotton, which can be produced in-house by members of the Burg. The employees of the BURG textile manufacture are also involved in this.

These initiatives are designed to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of infection.

The masks are based on an open-source design that can be produced in-house using 3D printers.
Photo: University Press Office

Students and employees of the fashion and textile departments at the BURG develop instructions for mouth and nose protectors made of sturdy and easy-to-clean cotton fabric.
Photo: University Press Office