Last Updated: Apr 21, 2020     Views: 13

Q. Can the Maker Studio make personal protective equipment during the current COVID-19 pandemic?


The Maker Studio team is watching the fast-moving developments of COVID-19. As of March 18, 2020, the Studio physically closed to users to align with the direction and procedures outlined by MRU campus to help prevent the spread of the virus (mru.ca/covid19). As the city of Calgary remains in a state of emergency, we commit to adhering to Alberta Health Services (AHS) guidelines that prioritize the safety of our entire community. We are grateful to be in a position to contribute our expertise and information resources to discussions with our colleagues and peers, from MRU and beyond, as well as students who are also keeping close watch of the situation and finding the best ways to assist where possible. 

A complete list of Maker Studio equipment and related resources have been shared with the federal government and AHS. We are also currently communicating with representatives from the City of Calgary, all in an effort to assist with solutions to potentially manufacture critical supplies. At this moment in time, we are not able to 3D print non-porous, sterilizable materials required for medical supplies.  

We will continue to monitor the situation and look for opportunities to contribute while supporting the teaching, learning, and curricular activities of Library users.