Heartland helps make facemarks for healthcare providers, others

Officials at the Heartland Career Center are doing their best to help medical personnel and first responders during the ongoing pandemic caused by the Coronavirus.

With a shortage of masks in the healthcare industry, Heartland staff members are producing face shields using the school’s 3D printers and staff volunteers. 

Heartland received a message from a former Heartland instructor, Doug Shannon with a connection to a local healthcare facility needing a large supply of facemasks so that facemasks can be disinfected on a regular basis. 

Due to a shortage, the healthcare worker was using the same mask as the week prior without a chance to properly sterilize the mask before wearing again. 

The prototype, ‘Prusa Protective Face Shields RC3’ are a product of the Czech Ministry of Health originating from the Czech Republic.  The current prototype model allows printing one shield every four hours or six shields every nine hours.

With some collaboration of Heartland staff, Joe Halverson, Jon Higgins and David Brace, a new face shield prototype was developed, improving an increased production time to five to six shields per hour.  

Posted on 2020 Apr 07