Meeker 3D printers are making PPE for healthcare workers

Ethan and Joshua Quinn with face shield frames printed on the Meeker High School MakerBot 3D printer. The frames were designed at the Columbia University Medical Library and will be distributed to hospitals and clinics needing personal protective equipment to care for COVID-19 patients. Courtesy Photo
Ethan and Joshua Quinn with face shield frames printed on the Meeker High School MakerBot 3D printer. The frames were designed at the Columbia University Medical Library and will be distributed to hospitals and clinics needing personal protective equipment to care for COVID-19 patients.
Courtesy Photo

RBC | Local schools and libraries may be closed, but their maker-space equipment is busy. Meeker students Ethan and Joshua Quinn, supervised by their dad — art instructor Ben Quinn — are using one of the school district’s 3D printers to produce frames for medical face shields. The shields are being tested by staff at Pioneers Medical Center and will help fill needs for personal protective equipment in the medical facilities there.

The 3D printer at the Meeker Library is printing face shields and also face masks. Arrangements are in the works to help stock medical facilities on the Navajo Reservation to meet the extraordinary needs of response to COVID-19.

The printers at Meeker High School were obtained with funds from Fairfield Trust and other donors through the Meeker Education Foundation. They introduce students to art and engineering design in classes taught by Quinn and by Jennie Stout at Meeker High School.

The Meeker Regional Library printer was purchased with funds from Dr. Bob Dorsett and the Boettcher Foundation. The library printer is available to the general public when the library re-opens.

Special to the Herald Times