CAED 3-D Prints COVID-19 Face Shields
The College of Architecture and Environmental Design, as part of a University-wide collaborative initiative headed by Design Innovation, is a major player in the production of face shields for first responders and health workers.
The Kent State face shield design – using 3D printing in a way that provides adjustability, minimal print time, and use of available materials (plastic laser cut shields, foam tape, and hairbands in place of not to be found elastic) is a joint design effort that included many from the public health-sphere, design-sphere and the CAED, notably our own Kevin Pospichel who has been integral to design iterations and geared the CAED print lab into the hub of print and laser cut production. The third-floor studio, in the John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, will serve as the assembly and boxing space, all designed to be managed by a crew of one. Volunteers will work one at a time on 4-hour shifts, complete with their own PPE and cleaning materials and protocols.
Want to help? Here’s how you can get involved:
Contact J.R. Campbelljrcamp@kent.eduto sign up if you are interested in any of the following initiatives.
For 3D printed shields
We ask that all volunteers use the 3d print files (without modification) that we are collectively producing so that we can ensure the assembly process for all shield components.
For 3D printed face masks
We ask that all volunteers use the 3d print files (without modification) that we are collectively producing so that we can ensure the assembly process for all facemask components.
For sewn masks or other PPE
Our team is not directly organizing efforts beyond the face shield and face mask production, but we are happy to help connect you to the groups who are.
To read more about COVID-19 initiatives across the Kent State campus, visit: https://www.kent.edu/designinnovation/covid