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Biodegradable Face shield created by P Mohan Aditya engineer.

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Engineering student gets copyright for bio-degradable face shield design which costs just ₹ 15.

P Mohan Aditya, a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering student from Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Institute of Science and Technology (SRM) University,Andhra Pradesh, has been granted the copyright for his innovation of a bio-degradable face shield which costs just ₹ 15.

When the Covid-19 outbreak crippled the world, Aditya took giant steps into developing the highly useful face shield made from bio-degradable substances. He named it ‘Facial Shield 2.0’, as it was an improved version of the ordinary face shields.

The innovativ features added to it helped him to earn the copyright to his credit.

How did he get copyright?

On May 16, 2020, Aditya filed an application on the face shield design under the IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) with Indian Patent Office located in Kolkata, India.

In 2021, a copyright was granted for the ‘Face Shield for Humans’ with a design application number of 329364001.

How does the face shield 2.0 work?

Like normal face shields made of plastic, face shield 2.0 serves as the outer defense to the mucous membranes (nose, eyes, & mouth).

However, this innovative design comes with a transparent visor made of the thin layer of 175-micron reusable plastic & a highly durable headband made from 3 ply corrugated cardboard.

The cardboard’s bursting strength is 16kg/sq.cm which is quite durable and lightweight for face shield.Due to the use of bio-degradable materials, the price of the face shield at an affordable cost of ₹15.The face shield 2.0 is adjustable & suitable for all head sizes made with firm elastic for comfortable wear without hurting the head.

Praise from Andhra Pradesh education minister

dimulapu Suresh, Minister for Education, State of Andhra Pradesh & MP, appreciated the student’s efforts in the Secretariat’s premises. Aditya received high accolades from the guests present on his first successful invention.

They also distributed face shields among state police officers, paramedics & other frontline workers deployed in the containment areas.

Need for eco-friendly Covid-19 protection

With an increasing environmental degradation, we should move to the eco-friendly alternatives to develop products/services. Therefore, I thought to develop the face shields from reusable plastics & cardboard, which is easily degradable,” said Aditya innovator.

“After discovering a shortage in the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) globally, an idea struck my mind. Immediately I started researching on developing a piece of standard equipment to combat the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

“I am thankful Ravi, attorney of SRM-AP who supported me throughout the tough times by answering all doubts amidst challenging circumstances,” added the student innovator.

Praise from university

Aditya’s invention turned out to be a successful project both for SRM University & the public. The leadership team of SRM University, AP Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President, Prof. V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, and Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor celebrated Aditya’s rousing success by congratulating him on developing the bio-degradable face shield by making use of new technology.

How did Aditya turn his design into a reality?

Using the CAD software, Aditya designed the transparent visor of the face shield & manufactured the remaining headband using the CNC machine.

The CAD model was used as the input to the CNC machine & following the design, the CNC machine analyzed & cut the cardboard & transparent sheet accordingly.

Other innovations by Aditya & his team

P Mohan Aditya’s another innovative design on “building block for bed” was applied for copyright on 09/08/2020. The building block for beds is again an innovative work of making beds using reusable materials for COVID-19 patients.

He and his team also successfully created an electric bicycle using a 24Volt 250Watt DC motor powered by a 12Volt & 12Ah battery in the previous team assignment.

Aditya desires to be a successful engineer & he wants to create such inventions for the betterment of society.


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