|Head bands for face shields|
Last year we invested in two mid-priced 3D printers ($700-$800) and shared an informal policy of designing and printing things that have real utility. We reflect on that broadly and only rarely have to steer someone from creating something cute toward something that is instead interesting and functional.
|Packaged for NoVA Labs|
Our network of career and technical education (CTE) and STEM teachers and other education experts nearly always seem to have similar orientations, and we realize we are teaching the students who will soon be able to enroll in their courses in middle school and high school as they choose among many other tempting elective course options (e.g., Art, Photography, Chorus, Band, Orchestra). Like those teachers, we also embrace the idea that lab projects can and should result in real products, even better if those products met a real need in the community.
Accordingly, we are active in those local, state and national agencies and organizations that represent those educators and stay in touch regularly. Many like Rob Dudek, Topher Paterno, Cassidy Nolan, Danielle Meyer, Matt Cupples, and Kris Martini provided ideas and support and were on the
focus groups that helped set up our Lab back in 2016.
|Hospital staff with new shields. |
Source: Arlington Magazine
|Source: Arlington Magazine|
The head bands are printed in two or three parts, and masks are printed in three or four parts depending on the models you use. Evidence suggests the demand will continue. If you want to use your printer, here are resources to get you started:
- About Nova Labs - LINK
- NIH print files - LINK
- Open source PRUSA design from International medical authorities - LINK
- N-95 Mask respirator resources - LINK or instead, HERE
If you can’t access your printer or don’t yet have one, we’ll help print your designs or useful products. Reach out at STEM@vt.edu or Thinkabit@vt.edu .