Vermont is requesting ventilators, masks, gowns and other supplies for patients and medical workers from the federal government, but there are also efforts around the state to make more protective equipment for hospitals.
Generator makerspace in Burlington’s South End, for instance, is using its laser cutters and 3D printers to create prototypes for face shields and other protective equipment. If they’re approved for use by UVM Medical Center, they could be produced for that hospital to use in treating COVID-19 patients.
VPR’s Henry Epp spoke with Generator Executive Director Meg Hammond. The interview is below and has been edited and condensed for clarity.
Henry Epp: So tell us more about the prototypes that are being made at Generator. How are they being made exactly, and where did the designs come from?
Meg Hammond: Currently, we just went into a very small, what I’m…