Stony Brook University Uses 3-D Printers To Make Face Shields For Health Care Workers

Sophia Hall
March 25, 2020 - 1:21 pm

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Stony Brook University is doing its part to help protect health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. 

Chief Information Officer Charlie McMahon said the university is using 20 3-D printers to make approximately 40 face shields per day for healthcare workers.

"Hearing about these shortages, now we've got the ability to do something about it and it really feels good," McMahon said. "We build them and deliver them to the hospital and they are passing them out to areas where they think the greatest need is."

He explained the process to WCBS 880's Sophia Hall.



"We take a spool of plastic material, it looks like a thick thread, and we feed it into a printhead, that melts it and then the bed of the 3D printer moves up and down, so you can slowly deposit material to create whatever shape you want," McMahon said.

He said they also got creative with other parts of the face shield.

"We went to Home Depot and got some adhesive backed weather stripping, like you put around your doors and windows and that goes on the inside of this frame so it's more comfortable for people to wear. And then we went to Joanne's Fabric and got some elastic and that's what we are using as the headband".

The masks are distributed to Stony Brook Hospital workers.

McMahon said they hope to increase production to 100 face shields per day.

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