In the Fight to Contain COVID-19, MU Makes Its Own Testing Swabs

All video content available for media use.

To download broadcast-quality video and scripts, click on the links above. Once asset is chosen, the download arrow is in the bottom right hand corner.

Story Summary

The new 3D printers at the University of Missouri College of Engineering have been given colorful nicknames, ranging from the enticing PiquantPelican to the down-and-dirty FreshSlug. The nicknames are fitting, because the printers are cranking out a product that is highly coveted for an unpleasant task — coronavirus testing swabs.

Demand exceeds supply for the swabs, which are inserted deep into the nose to collect secretions from the upper throat to determine if a person is infected with COVID-19. So the Hacking COVID-19 Task Force, the cross-campus volunteer group dedicated to helping solve coronavirus problems, set out to manufacture its own.

Please contact us with any questions or issues.

Kent Faddis
Video Content Manager
MU Health Care
Office: 573-884-0532
Cell: 573-823-9499 
faddisk@health.missouri.edu

Megan Noe
Video Content Producer
MU Health Care
Office: 573-884-0512
Cell: 309-721-9885
noemm@health.missouri.edu