NIPER-Guwahati designs innovative 3D products to fight COVID-19

The Guwahati unit of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER-G) have come out with two products of help in the fight against the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19.

The first product is a 3D-printed hands-free object that could be used to help open or close doors, windows, drawers (both vertical and horizontal), and refrigerator handle, or press elevator buttons, and laptop/desktop keyboards, including turning the switch buttons on/off.

In a press note, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers said, “The researchers came up with the design for the fabrication of the 3D-printed object after detailed analyses of several resources for risk measurement and on how viruses spread through bare hands.”

As per note, the face shield is also easy to design and it is possible to have rapid development of prototypes. “It is also low cost, easy to wear, has good chemical stability, non-fragile and is easy to clean with the existing sanitizers or any alcoholic disinfectant.”

The second product is a 3D-printed antimicrobial face-shield to control the spread of novel coronavirus. It was designed after a thorough study to understand how viruses spread through oral, ophthalmic, olfactory and other body cavities.

A meeting was held through video conferencing yesterday under the chairmanship of new delhi to review NIPERS performance in research & innovation activities especially with regard to the ways in which NIPERs have and can contribute in country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

“NIPER-G is committed to provide useful contributions cum solutions,” said Dr USN Murty, Director, NIPER-Guwahati.

He said this on Thursday while attending a video conference with NIPER directors under chairmanship of Dr P D Vaghela, Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals.

Murty said NIPER–G has also made a skin friendly herbal sanitizer. He informed that industrial scale manufacturing of its new products are being done in collaboration with Hindustan Antibiotics Limited( HAL), a departmental PSU.

NIPERs are Centres of Excellence institutes of under the Department of Pharmaceutical, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

The seven institutes are functional at Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Hajipur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Mohali, and Raebareli.

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