A 3D printed medical mask printed at a Curro Schoo
A 3D printed medical mask printed at a Curro School (Supplied, Curro)
  • Curro private schools aim to use their 3D printers to produce protective face shields for medical workers treating Covid-19 patients. 
  • The group said many of its schools are equipped with the printers, and it has applied for a licence to start production during the lockdown. 
  • There is a global shortage of medical gear due to increased demand from countries battling the epidemic. 
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South African private school group Curro aims to use 3D printers at its schools to produce protective face shields for us by medical workers treating Covid-19 patients.

There is a global – and local – shortage of protective medical gear due to the increased demand as countries battle the coronavirus epidemic. 

The Curro schools group said has applied to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) for an essential services permit to start with production during the national lockdown. 

Many Curro schools have 3D printers on-site. 

(Supplied, Curro)
(Supplied, Curro)

These printers can easily be used to print protective face shields, including the headband and shield components, Curro said. 

“As a country, we’re all in this together; and so we feel it is our duty as Corporate SA and teachers of the next generation to lead by our example and take a bold stand to help where we can,” Curro CEO Andries Greyling said. 

He said the group is in the process of rallying partners to assist with the supply of appropriate materials for the printing.

(Supplied, Curro)
(Supplied, Curro)

Curro is one of a number of South African companies which have changed their production to help meet the demand for specific products due to coronavirus. 

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Distell, the company behind iconic brands Savanna, Hunters, and Klipdrift, as well as the Spier winery, have recently started using their facilities to produce hand sanitiser. 

(Compiled by James de Villiers)