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3D Printed Face Mask Frames To Help Area Hospitals

3D printer printing PPE equipment

Excerpt from an April 2, 2020 NWI Times article:

"Schools across Northwest Indiana are pitching in to help provide personal protective equipment, for health care workers engaged on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Educators in at least five Region districts are coordinating efforts to 3D print masks and frames for face shields used to create distance between patients in the field, in an effort school leaders say they hope can teach students about community citizenship.
Matt Pochron, a 2017 Crown Point High School graduate, helped refine the design for a face shield frame after his mother Trish Pochron, an executive assistant in the Franciscan Health Network, shared with him the hospital's maintenance team's efforts to create new, makeshift frames after its original supply ran out...
...Matthew LeBlanc, a Crown Point robotics teacher, and Jay Blackman, an administrator with Tri-Creek schools, volunteered in their own districts and took the effort a step further, reaching out to other local schools and community members for added support.
Now, the team has enlisted more than 30 3D printers in and around the Crown Point Community School Corp. in the homes of students and other volunteers.  LeBlanc organized a secure drop in front of Crown Point High School to collect printed frames and distribute materials to the Franciscan Health Network as needed while maintaining social distancing..."

Read the full NWI Times article.