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SOMERSET COUNTY VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL CREATES 3D PRINTED FACE SHIELDS

MEAM instructor Dan Dalfonzo poses with some of the face shields he has 3D printed.

SCVTHS MEAM Instructor Dan Dalfonzo poses with some of the face shields he has 3D printed.

 

3D printing equipment used by SCVTHS students to print needed Face Shields for health care workers combatting Covid-19

Equipment being used by SCVTHS MEAM students (left to right):
1. A 3D printer making a face shield; 
2. Computer screen showing the design of the face shields;
3. 
A 3D printed headband, which will be turned into a face shield
and donated to Morristown Medical Center.

SCVTHS MEAM alumnus David Bilia of Bridgewater poses with some of the face shields he has 3D printed.
SCVTHS MEAM alumnus David Bilia of Bridgewater
with some of the face shields he has 3D printed.

 

Students in Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School’s Mechatronics, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (MEAM) Program are 3D printing full face shields, in an effort to aid health care workers during the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) crisis. The full face shields are based on a Swedish design and are to be used with clear transparency sheets, so that they will be reusable.

The idea was generated by staff at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, Raritan Valley Community College and SCVTHS MEAM alumnus David Bilia of Bridgewater to help combat recent shortages of personal protective equipment. With the use of 3D printers, MEAM Instructor Dan Dalfonzo is currently working on getting more students the 3D printing machines, along with coordinating the production and distribution of the newly created shields. Additionally, Mr. Dalfonzo is working with the robotics teams from Bridgewater Raritan High School and Mount Olive High School to combine their efforts in the creation of the needed equipment.

Joining the effort to develop, coordinate and deliver the face shields are several SCVTHS staff and administrators including: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chrys Harttraft, Network and Systems Administrator Andrew Eberhardt and Creative Arts Coordinator Janet Watson.

The group has created over 540 face shields and are producing 140 more each day. The finished face shields are being donated to the Somerset County Office of Emergency Management and Morristown Medical Center.

 

For more information contact James Strickhart at (908) 526-8900, x7169 or jstrickhart@scvts.net.