The DEMO OR DIE project will focus on specific training/skills needs that were identified during
COVID-19 pandemic which has affected several countries across Europe. During the COVID-19 situation, one
of the first identified needs was related to the shortage of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) that was
transversal across different countries. One of the ways to tackle the shortage of PPEs was to use 3D
Printers. However, there were many questions raised regarding about the quality of the equipment produced,
and which type of 3D Printing process or materials could be used. These were pertinent questions that
emerged and required an answer before healthcare professionals could use the manufactured PPEs. The DEMO
OR DIE project will therefore contribute to increasing the level of knowledge, skills and competencies
that individuals and companies will need to acquire to become proficient and confident in 3D Printing.
This knowledge will include the principles of three-dimensional computer-aided-design (3D CAD) modelling,
solid modelling practices, fundamental execution parameters, tools, workflow processes and operating
desktop 3D Printers. In addition, transversal skills such as communication, time management,
problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork will also be gained.
For future manufacturers such as students, the DEMO or DIE project will enable local communities to
mitigate the impact of school closures by facilitating the continuity of education through remote
learning. As most educational institutions have closed to contain the spread of COVID-19, these national
closures have negatively impacted over 91% of the world’s student population (source:
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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