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Khalifa University Researchers at ARIC Developing ‘Reusable Mask’ as Potential Replacement for N95

November 2, 2020


3D Printing Technologies Help Incorporate Various Design, Ergonomic and Suitability Aspects for Easy Manufacture and Repeated Use


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Khalifa University of Science and Technology today announced a team of researchers at its Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) is in the process of developing the design of a ‘Reusable 3D Printed  Mask’, as a potential replacement for standard N95 masks that are in short supply following the COVID-19 pandemic.


The team is currently developing various aspects of the design, taking into consideration requirements including filtration performance, geometry/fit, flexibility, material suitability for medical applications, and manufacturability. Medically graded materials were used in the manufacture of the components.


A prototype has already been printed and once completed, an assessment will be performed before it gets qualified and approved.


The N95 respirators and surgical masks (face masks) are personal protective equipment (PPE) that protect the wearer from airborne particles and from liquid contaminating the face. They are critical supplies for health care workers and other medical first responders.


Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Community-relevant research has always remained a key pillar of our strategy and we are keen to offer our resources to support R&D in this area, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current situation is unprecedented in history, and has created challenges that require smart scientific solutions through innovation. We believe through the research work at ARIC, we would be able to offer a suitable solution to tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic and protect our frontline defense with this mask.


As a leading research center focused on advanced manufacturing and robotics, ARIC helps to develop efficient techniques for manufacturing advanced structures and novel procedures for the automated manufacturing and assembly of aerospace components.


Over the past five years, ARIC has completed nine main industry-focused projects, 28 student-led projects involving 65 UAE national students, several patented innovations, and more than 30 academic publications in reputed research journals.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
2 November 2020