BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students in the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Mechatronics, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing program are 3D printing full face shields to help aid health care workers in the fight against coronavirus.
The face shields, according to a release, are based on a Swedish design, and are to be used with clear transparency sheets, making them reusable.
The idea was put together by staff at the Vo-Tech, Raritan Valley Community College and Vo-Tech MEAM alumnus David Bilia, of Bridgewater, with the goal of helping to combat the recent shortages of personal protective equipment.
With the use of 3D printers, instructor Dan Dalfonzo is still ironing out the details on how to get more students the 3D printing machines, along with coordinating the production and distribution of the shields.
Dalfonzo is also working with the robotics teams at Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Mount Olive High School to combine their efforts to create the equipment.
According to the release, a number of staff members are also working with the team, including Superintendent of Schools Chrys Harttraft; Andrew Eberhardt, network and systems administrator; and Janet Watson, creative arts coordinator.
As of Friday, the group had created more than 540 face shields, and are producing 140 more each day.
The face shields are being donated to the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management and Morristown Medical Center.