Given the health emergency situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, AIMPLAS, the Technological Institute of Plastics, makes available to the different health administrations and authorities both its knowledge of materials and its ability to design, prototype, manufacture and material resources to facilitate the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Specifically, AIMPLAS is carrying out a feasibility study to be able to manufacture masks with interchangeable filters through injection processes. For this, AIMPLAS has already made its own design and contacts have been established with companies and vocational training centers that can manufacture the molds, such as Vicedo and Escuelas San José. In addition, AIMPLAS technical personnel are cutting and supplying transparent PET sheets from a coil donated by Manufacturas Arplast to facilitate the manufacture of protective visors and distribution to hospitals, while the Madrid hospitals have been provided with the supplier contact for the supply of PET sheets.
On the other hand, and as members of the National Federation of Innovative Business Groups and Clusters platform, the company Elix Polymers has requested the technology center to collaborate in the production of 3D ABS filaments for the printing of different types of materials such as valves, masks , etc.
Regarding its material resources, and due to the shortage of protection material for health personnel, AIMPLAS has donated a total of 5000 cuffs, 100 disposable gowns, 16 masks, 15 Tyvek suits, 15 liters of gel to health centers in Paterna. sanitizer and 10 glasses. In addition, stocks of gloves have been reported and made available to the Ministry.
Through the different groups that have been created in Telegram to manufacture protective equipment through additive manufacturing or 3D printing, AIMPLAS is carrying out material advisory tasks. Also through this platform, AIMPLAS has made available to the different Valencian hospitals its 3D printing capacity of protective visors and they are sent to the same new units every day. In addition, the center is participating with its advice in Reesistenciateam, a virtual community made up of more than 1,800 people who are developing respirators, protective screens, masks, as well as valves, all using 3D printing technology.