CR Uses 3D Printer to Produce Face Shields & Donates Personal Protective Equipment and Supplies to Local Health Care Facilities

CR Manufacturing Technology professor Mike Peterson

CR Manufacturing Technology professor Mike Peterson wearing a mask. [All Photos from College of the Redwoods]

Press release from the College of the Redwoods:

In an effort to ease the burden on the local health care community, CR Manufacturing Technology professor Mike Peterson has started producing plastic visors for face shields on the college’s Stratasys 3D Printer.

After Stratasys, one of the largest 3D Printer companies in the word, started to receive orders from hospitals across the country for face shields, they released the specifications for the visors and asked anyone or any institution with a compatible printer to help answer the call. CR received the same request for printed face shields from Mad River Hospital.

In addition to the four per day they plan to print in the manufacturing lab, the college had seven suitable shields from the woodshop and the welding lab on hand that they donated to the hospital. CR’s Dean of Career Education, Kerry Mayer, noted “Even though the 3D printing process is a slow one, we’re happy to be able to provide those four extra shields per day in support of our health care workers who are putting so much on the line to take care of our community.”

In response to a request from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, CR’s Dental Assisting Program has also donated personal protective equipment and supplies to the hospital, in an effort to help ensure that medical personnel on the front lines combatting Coronavirus in the local community have the supplies necessary to keep them safe.

The donated supplies include hair-nets, masks, disinfectant, hand-sanitizer, and 33 boxes of nitrile examination gloves.

“I hope that these supplies are put to good use in our local community,” said CR Dental Assisting professor Hillary Reed.

Masks being manufactured. CR

Masks being manufactured. CR

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7 comments

  • Does anyone know how to contact him?
    I have a large format 3D printer and would be willing to print them, too.
    Thanks.
    [email protected]

  • I received his email.
    Thanks for the quick response.
    geo

  • You can find polish gas masks at sportsman’s warehouse for 19 bucks…. just saying. They look pretty bad ass too!

  • As far as I know these 3D printed masks need proprietary filters to do anything worth a damn. More people are going to get sick because they think they are being protected by masks that aren’t actually working

    • ANY FILTER THAT CAN INTERCEPT DROPLETS OF MOISTURE WILL BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN NOTHING.
      THE VIRUS TRAVELS IN MOISTURE DROPLETS.

  • For those of you wanting to print face shields with your 3d printers, go to thingiverse.com and download the patterns. There are easier to print models that will yield more than a few per day. They are recommending using petg filament but pla would work also.

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