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MercyOne partners with UNI to help meet PPE demand

Students from the Additive Manufacturing Center at UNI with the PAPR hoses

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- A team of students, staff and administrators at the University of Northern Iowa have come together to make and donate critical personal protective equipment to MercyOne Northeast Iowa.

The team at the Additive Manufacturing Center at UNI used 3D printing technology to produce 30 hoses for powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR) that officials at MercyOne say have been hard to obtain due to high demand during the response to the coronavirus pandemic. PAPR is part of the personal protective equipment for health care workers helping patients with COVID-19.

The team took the specifications from the existing hose and programmed the part into their computer systems to print new items. AMC Director Jerry Thiel said it was a team effort and everyone involved played a role in providing the parts for MercyOne.

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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