DOST-PCIEERD seeks to produce up to 10,000 3D printed face shields to donate for the health workers. An initial 1,000 pieces will be given to the Philippine General Hospital. Image courtesy of PCIEERD.

The agency under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), sets to produce as many as 10,000 3D printed face shields up for donation to health workers as they’re able, which will cost about PHP1.9 million.

Executive Director Enrico Paringit, of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) said the first 1,000 masks will be distributed to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) by Friday or Saturday, with the remainder be delivered by next week.

“We estimate 10,000 face shields will be needed, but we understand that the demand is increasing. So to increase the production rate, we are strategizing to apply faster production methods like plastic injection mold,” Paringit divulged, explaining that technically every plastic product available uses injection mold, which is faster.

Omnifab 3D Technologies, which has the same machines as those that can be found in the DOST, had also taken part in helping with the production.

“Omnifab is cooperating because they have additional machines that can be used. The additive manufacturing sector is closely knit so they help each other,” Paringit remarked.

Paringit also said that PCIEERD would consult the Department of Health to identify the needy hospitals when more than 1,000 face shields are already produced.

As for the other hospital beneficiaries when more than 1,000 face shields are already produced, Paringit said PCIEERD would consult the Department of Health in identifying the needy hospitals.