With the involvement of doctors from several hospitals and experts in hospital hygiene (Prim. Dr. med. Klaus Vander), prototypes for face shields were developed at the Institute for Innovation and Industry Management at Graz University of Technology and successfully tested in hospitals.
Together with the purchasing of the KAGes and the head of the intensive care unit of anesthesiology at the LKH Graz, Prof. Dr. Metznitz, requirements regarding the quantity and design of the required protective equipment were raised.
The pilot series of up to 10,000 pieces are produced in 3D printing at the TU Graz. The initial delivery of 1,000 pieces was made on 7.4. handed over to the KAGes and a change to more efficient manufacturing processes (plastic injection molding) to increase the number of items is in progress together with PAYER Medical GmbH.
The shield mask has been successfully tested in medical applications. The pilot series manufactured at the Graz University of Technology was launched on March 31, 2020, by Prim.Dr.med. Klaus Vander released for non-surgical use.