Common Ground by Erin Elizabeth Wilson

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Protecting Lives with 3D Printers

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Submitted on April 30, 2020 - 5:00pm
3D printing of face shield cradles
3D printing of face shield cradles at Timea Tihanyi's Slip Rabbit Studio

The emails started swirling in mid-March. Health care workers in Seattle desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE) while treating COVID-19 patients, but there was a delay in receiving PPE from commercial sources.  After a local designer designed a face shield that could be produced on 3D printers, UW faculty and staff…

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