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27 June 2020

Belarus students combine their skills to produce PPE

Belarus may be one of the smaller members of WorldSkills, but its youth and skills are making a big contribution to the fight against COVID-19.

WorldSkills Belarus reports that students at the State Technical University are using literally cutting-edge technology to create medical masks.

Using a 3D printer, the university’s FABLAB Rapid Prototyping Laboratory, first created a frame for the mask.

The second stage sees the screen cut out with a CNC laser machine, with production now exceeding 100 masks a day.

Elsewhere, students at the College of Public Services in the city of have been busy sewing personal protective equipment (PPE) since the end of March.

In addition to their regular studies, young students are giving their spare time to create masks and coveralls, with the college timetable organized to give everyone a chance to help.

Once completed, the PPE is transferred to a distribution centre set up at the college and then sent on to those who need it most.

So far more than 6,000 pieces of PPE have been finished by the students, who are now turning their skills to making shoe covers and medical suits.