High school students in California are altering 3D printers to mass produce face shields in record time. Medical professionals are in crucial need of masks to survive the threat of contracting COVID-19. Students design prototypes while teachers enhance printers to keep up with demand.
The time it takes the MakerBot printer to create one mask has decreased by forty minutes from its original two hours and twenty minute production time. Over one hundred of the masks are already being put to good use at a medical center.
"That was one of the ideas, to reduce the fill and then also to bring the height down to 16 and a half millimeters," said sophomore Manuel Sanchez. 3D printing can create seamless productions of life-saving products. Given the shortage of protective gear across the country, reusable 3D printed masks will empower medical professionals to stay safe while treating patients and saving lives.