Bay Mills Community College, a tribal college in Michigan, received a request from its community two weeks ago to make face masks for local workers providing key services during the coronavirus emergency. The school’s advanced manufacturing program got to work, designing a lightweight, reusable face shield.
Using 3D printing technology, they plan to produce 3,000 shields in three weeks. They’re already manufacturing them at a rate of about 150 per day. The face shields will go to eight local organizations – two hospitals, a health center, a fire department, a correctional facility, two police departments and a volunteer ambulance corps.