Jewish school 3D-prints face shields for medical professionals battling virus

Kohelet Yeshiva makes face masks amid coronavirus
Photo credit Courtesy of Rabbi Gil Perl

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Many hospitals are short on crucial supplies right now — face masks, gloves, gowns, goggles, swabs. More gear is forthcoming from the federal government, but some medical providers have reached out to their communities for donations in the meantime.

One group took it upon themselves to take that ask a step further.

Good use, indeed: They’re 3D-printing surgical face shields for health care workers.

“These are masks that we’ve created, 3D-printing in our school, that have been approved by Lankenau hospital for our medical professionals out there trying to fight COVID-19,” Salkin said.

Right now, they’re able to make about two dozen shields a day for Lankenau, but the school wants to see that number increase.

“We are hoping to double our production by changing the way we are creating the masks using laser cutters rather than 3D printers,” she explained. “We should be able to produce the major parts significantly quicker so we can produce as many as possible to help out.”