Answering the Call
April 12 2020
While the world is facing an unprecedented pandemic, Purdue faculty, staff, students and alumni have been asking what they can do to help. Boilermakers all over the country are answering the call to help stem the tide of COVID-19. Nate Hartman, Dauch Family Professor of Advanced Manufacturing and Co-Director of IN-MaC has been working alongside more than 50 team members across campus to reimagine the design of a variety of PPE that is being designed, tested and manufactured at Purdue and delivered to local and regional hospitals. “We began working on this initiative about three weeks ago through a combination of inquiries from healthcare providers, student interest, and alumni outreach,” Hartman tells us. He and his diverse team of researchers are working with several different prototypes at the moment while overcoming the challenges of 3D printing as their sole prototyping method. “Once we have good geometry, we will scale up production through injection molding or some other method.” Hartman and the Purdue team expect to be delivering PPE in the coming days to help save lives throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. Hartman also emphasized his belief that the work being done and ideas being shared will provide benefit to the University and the community at large long after the pandemic has passed.
Out on the west coast, another Boilermaker and Purdue Foundry alum is also busy helping healthcare workers find solutions to the shortage of PPE. Nishant Jain, Founder and CEO of Presso, is turning their dry cleaning robot into a sterilization robot to help protect our frontline workers. Back in Indiana, Angie Washburn, Founder and CEO of an early stage Foundry startup, Project Process, is helping slow the spread of COVID-19 by supplying delivery drivers with her hand sanitizing technology.