SoA 3D Fabrication Lab and Student Volunteers Provide Much-Needed Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The SoA 3D-Fabrication Lab volunteers by producing face shield parts to fulfill Hawaiʻi Pacific Health’s needs.  For several weeks, two 3D printers continuously produced plastic components for a two-piece headband according to the HPH standard face shield design.  Other local agencies also assisted in making parts for assembling over 4,500 face shields.

More work continued by cutting over 600 clear face shields from clear polycarbonate sheets on a CNC Router.  The polycarbonate sheets provide better visibility than other materials.  Its .030” thickness makes a very robust barrier that can be disinfected and re-used several times.

The 3D-Fabrication Lab undertook another project with by cutting fabric for cloth face masks on the laser machine.  The pre-cut fabric pieces were returned to Alohamasks, whose  volunteers sewed to complete the face masks. SoA student organizations, Freedom by Design and AIAS, also got involved to independently purchase fabric, cut and sew finished facemasks for delivery to Alohamasks,

Efforts have not stopped.  The 3D-Fabrication Lab, headed by director Steve Hill, is collaborating with Kuakini Medical Center to produce a one-piece design polycarbonate face shield. Volunteering continues to provide the much needed resources for Hawaiʻi’s health care workers.

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