Leveraging 3D printing to make protective face shields
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To help provide essential equipment to frontline health-care workers, Carleton University students, in partnership with local businesses, are using 3D printing to produce protective face shields.

Carleton engineering graduate Felix Denomme is helping lead the project with the help of B-Con Engineering, a company who previously designed and built optical systems for NASA’s Mars missions, and have recently shifted half of their company operations to make face shields.

Denomme along with B-Con owner Brian Creber, enlisted Carleton students to use their home 3D printers to create face shields and engaged local company Canus Plastics, to produce the 3D printed headband and assemble the final product – which can easily come apart to be properly sanitized.

Early prototypes were adapted based on feedback from nurses and B-Con and has resulted in two sizes of shields – one for emergency room staff, and a larger version for operating room staff who need to be protected from a wider range of potential contaminants. They expect to make about 450 face shields a week.

To learn more, visit Carleton University.

“It feels good to be able to help the community. I’m just one cog in the machine. I’m not on the front lines, so this is the only way I can help.”
Bill Creber
Computer Science student
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