St. Margaret’s Using 3D-Printing Technology to Make Medical Supplies During COVID-19 Crisis
St. Margaret’s is utilizing the school’s 3D printers to make PPE supplies in an effort to help frontline medical workers stay protected during the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.
STEAM teachers Ashley Ricart and Stefani Baker took home 3D printers and materials and have them continuously running, making frames designed to hold standard-sized plastic sheets that protect the faces of medical workers. The first batch of frames already has been donated, with more in the works.
St. Margaret’s junior Espen Garner approached administrators with the idea of using 3D printers to help during the COVID-19 crisis. Through one of Ms. Ricart’s connections, St. Margaret’s partnered with Matterhackers, a company that is working with medical facilities to meet the needs of frontline workers. St. Margaret’s will send the frames in batches of 50 to Matterhackers, who will then distribute to medical facilities who have shortages.
A print of two frames takes between two and three hours to complete.
“We will continue to look for additional ways we can contribute using the equipment that we have,” Ms. Baker said.