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Non-profit staying in business by using 3D printer to make face masks for frontline workers

Last Updated Mar 31, 2020 at 6:51 am MDT

Calgary (660 NEWS) – A community workshop is using 3D printers to make face shields for both healthcare staff and frontline workers.

Fuse 33 Makerspace, located in Forest Lawn, has three printers that have the capacity to produce 3,000 shields a day.

Shannon Hoover designed the print with a man from Portugal, but the community is also pitching in to help make masks.

“Giving people the ability, even if they are at home sewing masks, to feel like they are in control of their destiny a little bit is helpful and important,” said Hoover.

The shields are made from just four parts – three are made at fuse 33 – the fourth is elastic to fit around someone’s head.

Helpingalberta.com is collecting shields and face masks at a warehouse space in Ramsay.

Dr. Breanne Everett with the group knows the importance of having a back up to global imports.

“As there is a disruption in the supply chain, and we can’t actually be purchasing from these providers that predominately make our protective equipment overseas. We need to be prepared for that now and that’s something that can not wait.”