3D printers helping on the front line

Published 6:00 am Thursday, April 16, 2020

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Local 3D printing enthusiasts are working together to create faceshield masks for emergency responders and face-mask adjusters for local health care professionals. Face shields are an added layer of protection to keep police and other emergency responders safe when they may not be able to adhere to proper social distancing standards.

The face mask extenders are in high demand by those wearing face masks in order to keep ears from becoming chafed.

Fuqua School is donating the printers, filament, and expertise to fabricate the shields and extenders. The face shield takes about 50 minutes to print and the mask extender takes about 20 minutes. Due to the size of the print bed, only one part can be made at a time.

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Kathryn Jefferson, Fuqua School STEAM teacher, uses the 3D printers to teach 3D printing in class and plans to run a 3D printing camp this summer.

“I was so grateful for Mrs. Jefferson’s suggestion that we begin using our technology for the benefit of first responders in our community,” Head of School John Melton said. “Her kindness, creativity, and genuine concern for others are indicative of our Fuqua School Core Values – the same values found in so many organizations in our community and that make Farmville a special place to live, learn, work and raise a family.