When John Mangicaro heard about a team of volunteers 3D-printing face shields for health care workers at the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, he had to see it for himself.
Mangicaro, head supervisor of Syracuse University’s MakerSpace, drove to the Greater Syracuse SoundStage to learn more about the operation. After speaking with Isaac Budmen, an SU alumnus and one of the volunteers, Mangicaro decided to use the MakerSpace’s 3D printers to turn his basement into a makeshift face shield factory.
“I went up to work, and I grabbed 10 printers, and I brought the printers to my house, and within an hour, we had them all set up,” Mangicaro said. “And I’ve been producing 24/7.”
Mangicaro is one of several students, staff, faculty and alumni at SU and its neighboring schools who are contributing to the fight against the novel coronavirus. As the virus continues…