NC State 3D printing face shields for WakeMed employees

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Just days after announcing that the school is helping produce thousands of face masks, N.C. State University is now creating face shields using 3D printing technology.

The shields are being produced 24 hours a day and are being shipping to WakeMed for use by health care professionals in the fight against COVID-19. About 200 shields are being created a day, the school said.

Matthew White, an integrated manufacturing systems engineering graduate research assistant, is leading the project.

He said each set of shields and frames can be used multiple times with the proper sanitation.

WakeMed has received approximately 525 face shields from N.C. State’s 3D printing efforts as of Monday.

“We continue to be amazed by the incredible support from our community,” said Diana Rhyne, executive director for WakeMed Innovations. “N.C. State and the College of Engineering represent an extraordinary force of innovation and compassion.”  

Last week, N.C. State said it was producing enough material to create hundreds of thousands of face masks.

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