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From Electronics first to manufacturing 3D visors for the Cieza Hospital (23/03/2020)

The Coronavirus crisis does not understand social class, age or academic level.

The solidarity to overcome this health crisis, either.

The desire to help others is superior in any case.

This is precisely what encouraged Guillermo Belda (Cieza, 2001), who is first studying Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), to join the AIRE project and start printing 3D visors to distribute them in health centers. from his hometown, Cieza.

«I am in first grade and I have two 3D printers at home, so when I joined the project I contacted 15 or 16 other people in Cieza who had 3D printers and we started to manufacture the most useful for the moment, which are the screens protectors, ”says Belda, who is also part of the UPCT Drone Team.

In the first batch of protective screens they managed to manufacture 125 that were delivered to the Lorenzo Guirao Hospital.

"The visors are much faster to make, they take about 45 minutes," explains the young man, assuring that participating in a project of this size is for him "very exciting, it is like doing an internship in record time," he says.

He assures that although in Cieza there are currently only 7 infected with coronavirus, they have "a lot of work" ahead of them, since apart from supplying 3D material to the health workers of the hospital ciezano and health centers, they are also going to develop material for residences, for the Police and even, he indicates, they are asking for material from the funeral homes of the municipality.

"I am very pleased to be able to help so many people, I have family members working at the hospital who asked me to do something," he adds.

During these days, Guillermo combines the study of his career with the manufacture of 3D sanitary material, «I have the notes next to the 3D printer and sometimes it is a bit stressful because you are studying while coordinating with others to get it out forward the material.

The printers do not stop, they are working all day, "he says.

However, all that stress is compensated by seeing that "Engineering can help people a lot, I am rubbing shoulders with engineers, students ... and seeing how you can innovate and do very useful things, it is very encouraging."

Source: UPCT

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