Johnson County MakerSpace creating face shields for first responders

Posted at 12:51 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 17:44:54-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County Library's Black & Veatch MakerSpace staff are using their unique equipment to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have 3D printers that they are using to help create face shields.

Hundreds of face shields will go to Johnson County EMS where they will then facilitate how they are distributed.

Six 3D printers run day and night printing two headbands at a time, with each print job taking seven hours.

"They’re clinically approved by the National Institute of Health, so they are on the NIH website. We are downloading those designs and they’re made from materials that can be sanitized, so it’s PETG plastic and a vinyl shield that can be cleaned," MakerSpace facilitator Brian Oertel said.

The makers aren’t taking any material donations as of right now because the library is closed, but they do plan on making as much safety equipment as they can with what they have.

The group has already made 100 masks and hopes to make at least 100 more.