AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore3D-printing enthusiasts all over the world are voluntarily making free, biodegradable protective plastic face masks for healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreaks—and it’s all thanks to a small business in upstate New York.Isaac Budmen and Stephanie Keefe are the masterminds behind Budmen Industries: a company that designs and sells custom 3D-printers.The couple was inspired to start making the inexpensive masks after they heard about a coronavirus testing site that was recently set up in Syracuse—just six miles away from their home in Liverpool. Not only that, they read reports on how healthcare workers were in need of protective face shields. MORE: 10 Positive Updates on the COVID-19 Outbreaks From Around the World“We started thinking about how can we help, what is something that we could do, with the resources available to us, to help the health care workers,” Budmen told the New York Daily News. “We thought, ‘that’s something a 3D printer can do.’”Budmen and Keefe then developed a prototype for a single-use mask that can be printed in one hour and assembled in just two minutes. The elastic and foam strips used to secure the mask comfortably to the wearer’s face can be bought at a variety of stores.Since the dynamic duo’s project has been featured across on national news outlets, they have recruited the help of local teachers to produce the masks in classrooms across the school district. Budmen Industries has also published the templates and assembly instructions for the masks for free on their website.RELATED: Another Roundup of Positive Updates on the COVID Outbreaks From Around the WorldAs more and more healthcare teams have reached out to the couple about getting face masks of their own, hundreds of volunteers from around the world have offered to join the company in 3D-printing the masks for free. According to CNN, the mask design has already been downloaded from their website more than 2,000 times.Similarly in Montana, Billings Clinic neurosurgeon Dusty Richardson developed a design for a reusable 3D-printed surgical mask so that he and his fellow community members could donate the masks to their local healthcare workers. He has also made the blueprints and assembly instructions available online for free so his fellow 3D-printing enthusiasts can make their own.This is just one of many positive stories and updates that are coming out of the COVID-19 news coverage this week. For more uplifting coverage on the outbreaks, click here.Photo by Budmen IndustriesProtect Your Friends From Negativity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
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ABS says that guides developed to date have been primarily based on experience from European coastal waters and claims that its guide is the first to specifically consider the conditions these structures may encounter in tropical storm prone waters. The Guide takes into account the well-established International Electrotechnical Commission(IEC) 61400 series of standards for wind turbines, the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice for Planning, Designing and Constructing Fixed Offshore Platforms (API RP 2A), ABS’ offshore Rules and Guides and the unique environmental conditions on the US OCS.”The direct application of design criteria in existing standards, such as IEC 61400-3, is not sufficient for the offshore wind turbines in US waters,” explains ABS managing principal engineer, Qing Yu and the Guide’s principal author. “We incorporate additional requirements based on calibration studies that use regional and site-specific conditions of US waters,” he adds.The Guide incorporates refinements to the design environmental conditions and design load cases required by IEC 61400-3 to account for the effects of tropical hurricane conditions. Yu points out the principle of site-specific design are more directly addressed in the definition of the design load cases. “Omni-directional wind conditions are required for the design load case in the event an offshore wind turbine loses its connection to the electrical power grid during a tropical hurricane.”The Guide also specifies a unique set of strength design criteria for the steel support structure of an offshore wind turbine based on the commonly accepted working stress design (WSD) approach. “Allowable stresses are defined for a variety of design conditions including normal, abnormal, transport and installation, as well as earthquake and other rare conditions,” says Yu. “In addition, equivalent load and resistance factor design (LRFD) criteria are defined as an alternative to the WSD-based criteria.”ABS offers a class notation for those turbine support structures complying with the requirements and conditions of the Guide. The notation A1 Offshore Wind Turbine Installation will be listed in the ABS Record. Other optional class notations are S (years) for the return period of maximum design environmental conditions and FL (years) for the design fatigue life.The Guide includes the requirements for the survey during construction and installation and the survey after construction taking into consideration the uniqueness, such as serial fabrication and installation, of offshore wind turbines.Offshore wind energy is a fast growing alternative energy source. According to an assessment by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the potential of offshore wind power in the United States to generate electricity is at least four times as great as the nation’s total electric generating capacity from all sources in 2008. “With our decades of offshore experience we have a great existing body of knowledge and calibration studies in support of the design criteria specified in the Guide,” comments ABS vice president of offshore technology Bret Montaruli.
Related posts:Condor Airlines to add weekly Costa Rica – Germany flight Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Air carrier group Viva will expand its operations in the region with the opening of a low-cost airline that will offer regional flights out of Costa Rica.In Central America the carrier will be known as Viva CAN. During its first year the company plans to hire 200 people in Costa Rica, including pilots, cabin crew and maintenance staff.The company currently is in the process of obtaining approval from the Costa Rica Civil Aviation Authority.Viva CAN will start by offering flights within the Central American region. It expects to launch later this year.The carrier plans to offer rates at half the cost of its competitors. General manager of Viva, Joe Mohan, told daily La Nación that the carrier will offer rates as low as $100 for flights between regional destinations.Routes during the first year will be operated using two Airbus 320-type aircraft and the company projects to be transporting some 250,000 passengers in that period.Future plans include adding at least six more planes and expanding routes to North and South America and to the Caribbean.The company is part of a conglomeration that also includes Viva carriers in Mexico and Colombia. Operations in those two countries started in 2006 and 2012 respectively.Its investors include the financial backers of low-cost European air carrier Ryan Air. Facebook Comments
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