SD Libraries to Manufacture Face Shields for Healthcare Workers Using 3D Printers

As reported by NBC7 on April 9, 2020 : Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a new partnership Thursday between San Diego libraries and local hospitals to manufacture face shields for healthcare workers using 3D printers. There are currently twelve 3D printers at the San Diego Central Library that have the capacity to make 50 face shields a day and about 300 a week that will go directly to San Diego hospitals, Faulconer said.

“It takes an average of about two hours to print using materials that cost about $2.50. That’s about 50% below the market price,” Faulconer said. “We are providing these face shields for free to our local hospitals.”

The San Diego Public Library Foundation has pledged to help fund the project including materials to help make the 3D face shields. The foundation will also purchase three more 3D printers, Faulconer said.

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