The TST BOCES P-TECH Academy and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are using 3D printers to make personal protective equipment for medical professionals.
As COVID-19 continues to increase the need for medical supplies, faculty at TST BOCES are using their programs’ equipment to fabricate protective visors and “ear savers” for face masks. Digital Media instructor Mike Blegen, CTE Science instructor Dr. Renee Christopher and P-TECH Academy principal Keith Williams have produced nearly 200 visors in recent weeks.
They have used multiple designs, including a design provided by a local nonprofit organization the Ithaca Generator that can be printed in one hour. Accompanying visor shields are being laser cut. A flexible filament can be printed to be used as headbands for the visors or ear savers that reduce strain from medical face masks.
The supplies are being prepared for distribution. A box has been sent to the Oishi Children’s Hospital, a Kaleida Health Facility in Buffalo, NY. Plans have been made to distribute to first responders in Mecklenburg and Dryden. Any medical professionals or first responders in the TST BOCES region who are in need of such medical supplies are encouraged to contact the CTE office by calling 607-257-1551, ext. 2000.