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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.
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