March 26th, 2020
I started yesterday trying to find anyone that would give us information on helping out with PPE supplies for our healthcare workers that are risking it all on the front lines of this coronavirus battle. Since we have two 3D printers at The Mill Workspace, we wanted to see if we could help.
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I was able to connect with the University of Tennessee at Martin and they passed along an STL file from Austin Peay State University that was designed by PRUSA Printers. Reba Celsor, of West Tennessee Healthcare, was able to supply us with a sample face shield for reference. This is our first attempt at the PRUSA shield. If all goes well we'll have this in the hands of local healthcare providers on Friday for testing and then we can start producing en masse. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission, TBR, and others have setup a supply chain to get these parts to TEMA and they will be distributing to those in need. Our hope is to make several complete kits to be used locally and we'll supply surplus parts up the TEMA supply chain. Follow along with us on this journey. Special thanks to Tencom Senior Tech for getting this first one going while still helping our Managed Services client today.