Library uses 3D printer to create protective gear for healthcare workers

The Central City Public Library has turned their future Makerspace into a production line to create protective gear for healthcare workers.

Before the pandemic hit, the library was getting ready to set up their new Makerspace. They received a 3D printer about three weeks before the library had to shut down.

Jamie Wright, library assistant, said they still wanted to put the gadget to use. For their first project, they printed 23 sets of face shields. Once that need was met, they moved on to surgical strap mask extenders, or ear guards.

“I had a friend send me this and say, “hey. When you guys are done with the face shields, would this be something you could print?” Wright said.

Instead of the mask strings hooking behind the ears, they can be attached to the extender. It helps reduce the pain a lot of healthcare workers are experiencing from wearing the masks.

McKinsie Orr, a CNA at Bryan…

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