UF Mobilizes Campus, Exactech Expertise to Make Vital COVID-19 Nasal Swabs (UF Health Newsroom)

UF Mobilizes Campus, Exactech Expertise to Make Vital COVID-19 Nasal Swabs

When University of Florida Health needed a massive supply of nasal swabs for expanded COVID-19 testing, the solution was right on campus and just across town.

It came from Forrest J. Masters, Ph.D., P.E., a professor and the associate dean for research and facilities at UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. Working with the 3D printing lab at UF’s Marston Science Library and Gainesville orthopedic implant maker Exactech, the group is making 100,000 swabs for UF Health.

The design for the 3D-printed swab was developed by the University of South Florida, Northwell Health and 3D printer manufacturer Formlabs. David P. Norton, Ph.D., UF’s vice president for research, helped pave the way by rapidly securing the manufacturing rights for the swab design.

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