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PSI Producing COVID-19 Safety Equipment for Healthcare Workers

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The face shield frame produced by PSI’s 3D printers, right, and a completed shield with the clear transparency sheet attached. 


PSI’s 3D printers are busy working to fight Coronavirus. PSI is producing frames for face shields for the Pima County Health Department to protect healthcare workers from the COVID-19 virus. A replaceable clear transparency sheet is fitted to the 3D-printed frame to protect the medical professional’s face. 

Using two 3D printers, about seven of the shields are produced per day, said Gavin Nelson, PSI’s Deputy IT Manager. The frames are made of PLA, polyactic acid, a biodegradable material made from plant starch. 

The design for the shields came from the National Institutes of Health. 

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Two face shield frames near completion by a PSI 3D printer.

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Two completed face shield frames from a PSI 3D printer.

April 5, 2020
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