Coronavirus Pandemic – Agora Produces Face Masks Using Its 3D Printers

Agora Science Centre Debrecen Hungary Coronavirus Masks 3

During the epidemic, the Agora Science Experience Center has been using its 3D printers to manufacture protective equipment.

The Agora Science Experience Center closed its doors to the public in mid-March as part of the countrywide lockdown but has not been idle. The center has 6 x 3D printers and after the announcement of the emergency, the idea came that 3D printers could also be used to make face masks for doctors.

The institution produces 24 face masks per day – announced Deputy Mayor István Puskás and Béla Somogyi, the director of the institution.

The face masks are made of 0.5 mm thick PET-G or 1 mm polycarbonate sheet, which is cut from boards by hand into the required 24×24 cm pieces based on a template. The frame (strap) and the lower brace of the masks are made of thermoplastic (PLA) with a 3D printer.

So far, 140 masks have been made, of which 20 have been transferred to the City Social Service Retirement Home, and 120 are used in the Debrecen Institute for Primary Care and Health Development.

Previously, other cultural institutions in Debrecen including MODEM, the Csokonai Theater, and the Vojtina Puppet Theater have also contributed to the cause of fighting coronavirus by producing face masks.

Photo credit: Municipality of Debrecen