Lewis & Clark Helps Provide 400-plus Face Shields

Article by: Dylan Suttles,

GODFREY — An instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College is using a 3D printer to create plastic face shields for healthcare workers and first responders.

At Wednesday’s L&C trustee meeting, Dean of Career Programs Sue Czerwinski discussed the headbands she created for homemade face shields. The headbands are designed with three hole punches into which a person can insert a piece of flex plastic and use the headband to keep the plastic in place.

The headbands were designed at Lewis and Clark's St. Louis Confluence Fab Lab in Edwardsville using the lab’s 3D printers. According to Czerwinski, the shields have been donated to and used by hospital employees, nurses, firefighters, police officers and public works members.

The Fab Lab in Edwardsville is comprised of industrial grade design, fabrication, finishing and assembly tools for many different materials and processes. The 5,000-square-foot lab is open to faculty, students, businesses and community members to explore, innovate and bring their ideas to reality.

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