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3D printing could help fill need for protective gear, Springfield man says

The shields help prevent workers from touching their faces and also serve as protection from any infectious materials.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 7:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- With the coronavirus spreading throughout Oregon, health care workers have expressed the urgent need for protective gear for first responders in various industries.

Many in Lane County have been searching for ways to do their part during this time.

One Springfield man said he understands how critical protective gear is and started a project over the weekend to create a face shield using a 3D printer.

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“Supplies these days are very low,” Robert Asumendi said. “The 3D printing community came together over the last few days and figured out that we can produce these all over the world with the printers we have. We can assemble these face shields and at least provide some relief.”

The shields will be sent to medical professionals and other first responders who are in desperate need of supplies. The shield help prevent workers from touching their faces and also serve as protection from any infectious materials.

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Asumendi works in connection with Repkord in California for the printing.

“I think it's really important that we start thinking about what our local manufacturing capacity is and to be able to meet these kinds of needs as quickly as possible,” Asumendi said.

Asumendi started a GoFundMe page Monday to raise money to purchase more material for the local production of the shields.

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