13-Year-Old 3D Prints Up Face Shields For Central Illinois Health Department | WGLT

13-Year-Old 3D Prints Up Face Shields For Central Illinois Health Department

Apr 10, 2020
Originally published on April 11, 2020 11:41 am

Thirteen-year-old David Simmons of Monmouth saw the need for personal protective equipment and decided to put his 3D printing skills to good use.

Simmons has been 3D printing objects with his brothers for the past couple years. Once he got the idea to print face shields for a county health departmet, he found a design online and got to work. 

 

“We delivered our first 8 masks to the Cass County Health Department and they are using them. And we are now printing about 8 a day," he said.

 

Simmons says it takes about three hours to print and assemble one face shield. He says as long as there’s a need, his goal is to continue printing them for the foreseeable future.

 

Sourcing the filament needed to print the shields has been challenging. He’s reaching out to sellers and manufacturers directly because his usual channels such as Amazon are experiencing serious delays as a result of the pandemic.

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