Recently the National Institutes of Health have approved specifications for a face shield that can be created on a 3D printer. III Former Zachary has been using a 3D printer for this purpose, with the shields being donated to a local hospital.
"COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on health care workers, first responders, and anyone on the front line. They put themselves at risk and I wanted to do something to express my thanks. I read that people were making their own masks and buying non-medical goggles for protection. There were also some stories about using 3D printing to make the structural support for face shields. I knew this was what I had to do.
"The 3D printer is a great example of how technology can be used to solve problems. I had experience with 3D printing thanks to the Digital Arts Class at school. By the time I started, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had published guidelines for the face shield and I was able to adjust the programming on my 3D printer to print NIH-approved shields, which have a visor to protect the face and can be attached to clear plastic to protect the front of the face.
"The 3D printer produces four supports every 4.5 hours and requires regularly checking to make sure the pieces are printing correctly, so I have been able to make it a production process.
"I have donated over 200 shields to local hospitals, including Bryn Mawr Hospital, Lankenau Hospital, Paoli Hospital, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children."