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Harrisburg University 3D printing medical equipment for caregivers

It takes the printers nearly 20 hours to produce a face shield.

  • Rachel McDevitt/StateImpact Pennsylvania
Harrisburg University faculty and students are 3-D printing visors, then attaching clear plastic by hand to make face shields for health care workers.

Courtesy Harrisburg University

Harrisburg University faculty and students are 3-D printing visors, then attaching clear plastic by hand to make face shields for health care workers.

Courtesy Harrisburg University

Harrisburg University faculty and students are 3D printing visors, then attaching clear plastic by hand to make face shields for health care workers.

(Harrisburg) — A midstate college is among those across the state who are making personal protective equipment for front line medical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harrisburg University is using 3D printers to churn out face shields for health care workers.

Chip Shearrow, who leads the school’s advanced manufacturing program, is working with two students who are also his son and grandson, Casey Shearrow and Matt Walters, to supervise the 3-D printing and assemble the shields.

It takes the printers nearly 20 hours to produce a visor. That needs to be cleaned before it’s attached to a clear plastic shield.

They’ve been able to make about 80 shields a week. Shearrow said he plans to bring more printers online to ramp up production of shields and start making masks.

The university is offering the equipment for free.

Courtesy Harrisburg University

Harrisburg University is using 3-D printers to make face shields for health care workers.

“It’s paying society back, being able to give back as much as we’re taking out,” Shearrow said.

The shields are going to the Pennsylvania Healthcare Association, which will give them to caregivers in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences and personal care homes.

Shearrow said they will make the shields as long as there is demand.

“We plan to produce with these machines as fast as we can and get them out to people,” he said.

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