Richmond library prepares to make 3D face shields for medical workers

Richmond’s library is turning to 3D printing to help protect front-line medical workers.

Richmond Public Library (RPL) is partnering with 3D printing supplier, Shop, to help print face shields for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stephanie Vokey, coordinator of marketing and public relations at RPL, said the library is “very pleased to contribute to this effort.”

“(Our) staff is currently reviewing the print file, setting up the library’s printers and running tests to ensure quality control for all printed parts,” said Vokey.

For the next two weeks, the library will be using its 3D printers to print parts for 120 face shields.

And when everything is printed, they will send the parts to who will distribute the finished products to local health care professionals.

Vokey added that they “will continue to contribute materials and staff resources towards printing these protective face shields for as long as possible.”

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