Press Trust of India|Jul 18, 2021
SRM AP faculty designs a cost effective shield against coronavirus
NEW DELHI - SRM AP faculty, Dr. Panchagunula Jayaprakash, Department of Mechanical Engineering has designed a face shield embedded with 3D printing technology. It has been designed as an alternative to N95 masks. COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global crisis and this face shield mask will protect the users from the deadly coronavirus. It is made available at the minimum rate of Rs. 20 per face shield.
The face shield protects its users from getting infected. It completely covers the eyes, mouth, nose, and ears. Also, it is a comfortable and more effective alternative for all government officials on Covid duty.
According to Dr. Jayaprakash, while manufacturing the Face Shield, 3D printing technology is used for designing a headband, upon which a 100 micron thick transparent plastic sheet is attached to ensure superior protection against the virus. It prevents air, dust, and liquids that are contaminated to come in contact with people. Also, there are no probable side effects on using the mask. If the government approves of its marketing, the face mask can be distributed among the public to prevent the widespread of Novel Coronavirus.
The management of SRM AP, Andhra Pradesh has appreciated the hard work done by Dr. Jayaprakash. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University, has written to Adimulapu Suresh, Minister of Education, Andhra Pradesh, and Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas, Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Minister for Health, Family welfare and Medical Education, Andhra Pradesh, highlighting the importance of the facial cover and the many ways it can be regarded as a boon to the society as a whole.