University's interior design department helps create face shield prototype

Published: 23 May 2020 - 10:14 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill

Engineering labs and interior design specialists at an Abu Dhabi university have worked together in the fight against COVID-19.

Academics from Abu Dhabi University's (ADU) College of Engineering successfully developed the prototype of a face shield for hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the emirate.

They also produced more than 1,000 clips needed for the face masks within just two days.

The parts were manufactured by ADU’s faculty members, teaching assistants engineer Abid Abdul Azeez and architect Ahmed Al Awawdah, under the supervision of Dr Mohammad Alkhedher, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, and Dr Magdy Ibrahim, department chair of Architecture and Interior Design.

Modifying an existing designed allowed them to create a blueprint, then they used lasers to cut the plastic face shield in a more comfortable way.

The university aims to send 100 shields to hospitals in the weeks ahead.

"Using the resources available within our facilities, and the expertise of our resident faculty members and teaching assistants, we have been able to use advanced technology to support the local healthcare sector. We look forward to expanding our reach to other hospitals to share the products and do our part to help combat the virus,"says Professor Waqar Ahmad, chancellor of ADU.

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