May 28, 2020

Bristol Aggie 3-D prints Face Shields for Front line Medical Professionals

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Bristol County Agricultural High School is hoping to help with the shortage of medical supplies in the area hospitals. While school is closed until May 4th, per order of the Governor, the staff are still hard at work, but not in the way that you would expect. In addition to the donation of desperately needed masks and gloves, staff at Bristol Aggie will be 3-D printing face shields to help address the shortage of supplies for medical professionals on the front line.

Mark Lyons, Senior Education Strategist at AET Labs was contacted by Medictronics, a global medical device company, to see if AET’s customers could help with creating the shields. Mark reached out to the schools he has worked with to see if there was interest. Adele Sands, Superintendent at Bristol County Agricultural High School, responded right away, “Of course we want to help. It is exciting to be able to have an impact and we know that every little bit helps in a situation like this. ”

The printing starts with a digital file that was provided by Medtronic. It takes approximately three hours to print two visors. Once the visor is complete, a plastic shield and elastic will be added. The face shield is another layer of protection that covers the medical professional’s face while still being able to wear a mask underneath.

Bristol Aggie is not the only school that jumped at the opportunity to help. The network of education professionals has come together to help where they can. Agricultural/ Vocational Schools across the commonwealth have stepped up to the plate, offering donations of medical supplies and 3-D printing essential parts.

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