Our Response to COVID-19

Terrapin Works is working with researchers in the A. James Clark School of Engineering to answer the call to engineer solutions during this time of crisis. Our coordinated effort in response to the pandemic is described on this website: https://clark.covid.umd.edu/.

Over the past few weeks, the University has taken unprecedented actions to maintain the health and safety of all members of our community.  We have transitioned to a new environment for working, learning and teaching. Online learning will be in effect for the remainder of the semester.

On March 25, 2020, the University implemented Severe Research Restrictions as a result of directives from federal and state government officials to temporarily limit interpersonal interactions in any public spaces, research facilities, and on-campus laboratories. Terrapin Works was granted permission to maintain lab operations on a limited basis to support COVID-19 efforts.

Our labs will remain open with minimal essential staff onsite.  Please note that Graduate students, Faculty, Staff and Researchers working on COVID-19 projects may request access to our resources and printing, and the full time staff with permission will do their best to accommodate.  Unfortunately, no undergraduate student staff can be present in our labs at this time. Terrapin Works student employees can telework, if they choose, by continuing to do regular work activities such as designing, training, or developing special projects remotely.  Terrapin Works is here to do our best to help as much as we can.

We wanted to share some of the projects Terrapin Works and Clark School researchers have been working on in the fight against COVID-19.  We are engaged with local hospitals and health organizations to identify needs and develop solutions for immediate implementation. Terrapin Works has been working diligently to select, evaluate, and test some of the designs for PPE that have circulated in the 3-D printing community.  If there is a specific request for products from a healthcare provider, we will ramp up production.

Our current projects include but are not limited to:

  • Document Camera Holders for Faculty and Staff - 3D Printed and Laser cut versions
  • N-95 Mask Substitute 3D Printed and Laser Cut
  • 3D Printed Door Openers
  • Intubation Box - Laser cut
  • Mask Assist Device - 3D Printed and Laser cut
  • Face Shield - 3D printed and Laser Cut versions
  • 3D printed Bathroom Door Foot Opener

For more information about the Clark School response to the pandemic, check the latest news on our dedicated COVID-19 Response website: https://clark.covid.umd.edu/. If you are a member of the University community with specific needs for a COVID-19 project you are working on, please let us know and we will do our best to assist.