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3D printers at Loyola create face shields for local health care professionals

Loyola University Maryland

April 1, 2020


Faculty and staff members at Loyola University Maryland are using 3D printers and laser cutters to create face shields for hospitals in the Baltimore area. The initiative was launched by Open Works, a makerspace in Baltimore, and We the Builders, a group of makers in Baltimore who build sculptures from 3D-printed materials.

Matthew Treskon, technology librarian; Billy Friebele, MFA, assistant professor of fine arts; and Yanko Kranov, laboratory manager and affiliate professor of engineering, are using a pattern created by Prusa Labs in the Czech Republic to 3D print materials needed to build CDC-level recommended face shields.

Treskon operates three 3D printers owned by Loyola/Notre Dame Library to create the two plastic parts for the top and bottom parts of the face shield. The printers can create 12 sets per day. Treskon has donated 24 sets so far and will continue to print seven days a week for as long as there is a need. Friebele is also creating two plastic parts for the top and bottom of the face shields. Kranov makes full face shields using 3D printers and laser cutters in the engineering department at Loyola. According to Kranov, it takes roughly four to five hours to complete one face shield.

“First responders and health care workers are today’s heroes,” said Treskon. “I’m glad my colleagues at Loyola and I can use our skills and technology, including the 3D printers from the Library’s makerspace, to support our community and those that work towards keeping us all safe and healthy.”

Loyola’s involvement with creating face shields started when Jennifer Sullivan, program coordinator for Natural and Applied Sciences, heard about the initiative by Open Works on the local news. Loyola faculty and administrators worked to bring the initiative to Loyola in a matter of days.