HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – 3D printers are operating continuously in northern Alabama after a local YouTube star calls for help.
Destiny Sandlin, the man behind the Smarter Every Day YouTube channel, shared a video with his 7 million and more subscribers, showing people who have 3D printers how they can help make face shields for doctors and nurses on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is time for the nerd and engineering community to mobilize and help the medical community. This is something we can do and something we can do quickly, “said Destin Sandlin.
Sandlin’s plea traveled quickly. Locally, anyone who owns a 3D printer already knows this.
Over the past few days, 3D printers throughout the Tennessee Valley, from regular households to the Cook Museum in Decatur, have all collaborated to print thousands of 3D pieces for face shields.
“We have the tools, we have the ideas, we have the necessary things. Now we can do it and help the people who need it most, ”said Kirk Salmond of the Cook Museum of Natural Sciences.
The face shields will go to Huntsville Hospital where they will be added to the supply chain and distributed across the vast network of hospitals.
Sandlin takes his efforts to the next level. He has partnered with a non-profit organization that has just purchased regular medical masks.
“Someone just found an auction out of 300,000 surgical masks. They are trying to acquire them and donate them to local medical facilities. It will cost $ 100,000. We are trying to get that money into the system. These people pulled the trigger saying that we needed it. “We will find the money on the back,” said Sandlin.
You can donate to the cause or help with the production of face shields and masks, read more here.
Delivery details will be communicated via the above website. All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before going to a hospital.
The Cook Museum also takes 1.75 PLA filaments to help produce parts for face shields. E-mail [email protected] for more information on how to donate.
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