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Old Dominion University's Darden College of Ed and Professional Studies 3D Prints Reusable Surgical Masks

April 07, 2020

The call has gone out far and wide for protective personal equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  And Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education and Professional Studies is answering the call.

The Industrial Technology program is utilizing its 3D printers to print reusable surgical masks to donate to local hospitals.  The masks are made out of a material called PLA, or polylactic acid.  They can be washed, sanitized and reused.

“My wife is a nurse at a local hospital and I want to make sure that she and her unit will have alternatives to use in case they run out of commercial masks,” said Dr. Petros Katsioloudis, professor and chair of the STEM Education and Professional Studies Department.

The design was created at Billings Clinic in Montana.  It allows medical professional to cut five squares from a surgical mask and install the squares into the 3D printed masks.

Located in Norfolk, Va. The Darden College of Education and Professional Studies is nationally recognized for preparing students to be education, industry and clinical/service professionals.  The Darden College offers undergraduate programs of study in technology education and industrial technology.  Learn more at

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