Raw materials suppliers asked: Make face shields for frontliners

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Visayas called on local suppliers of raw materials for fabrication laboratories (fablabs) in the region to make medical face shields for health frontliners.

Assistant Secretary Asteria Caberte said they are mobilizing the different fablabs in the region for the production of this valuable personal protective equipment (PPE).

"We are doing this because this is the most economical using the 3D printer and laser cutter. DTI will support the fabrication but we have limited funds so we will be accepting donations of raw materials for the production," she said.

DTI-Central Visayas called on suppliers of the material for the laser cutter, 4.5mm Acrylic Clear, size 4ft x 8ft, 200 mic, 216mm x 330mm PVC cover (Acetate Sheet) and 1-inch foam.

For the 3D printer, it needs a spool 1.75mm PLA 3D Printer Filament.

DTI-Central Visayas has fablabs in Cebu City, Tuburan, Danao, Argao, Bogo City, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Caberte said all are already working on the prototypes for mass production. (JOB)