Vermillion Co. student makes face shields for essential workers

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VERMILLION Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Nathaniel Davis is using his new found free time to create face shields for essential workers combating the coronavirus.

Davis is a sophomore at Purdue University and he said after returning home from school, he thought this would be the perfect opportunity for him to give back to his community.

“I was approached by a former teacher, Maria Sellers. She said that I could use the 3-D printers that the South Vermillion Middle School had and all the filmant,” he said.

Maria Sellers is the technology teacher at South Vermillion Middle School. She said she had no doubt that Nathaniel would be perfect for the task of creating protective equipment for frontline workers.

“He was my number one go to guy and he’s a follow through person. If you ask him to do something, it will happen,” Sellers noted.

Davis and Sellers brainstormed several ideas, such as different face masks, before deciding to create a face shield instead.

Davis said it took him a while to create the correct prototype.

“I was looking online on Thingiverse.com to try and find different designs that people had already made,” he said. “So, we looked at different ones and tried different things. We found that this was the easiest because we could find cheap protectors for the shields online.”

According to Davis, one roll of filament can create nearly 50 face shields.

He said the design they came up with was inexpensive and didn’t take much time to create.

Davis has created 45 face shields so far and he plans on donating them to essential workers in Vermillion Co. and surrounding areas, such as Vigo Co.

“We’ve already donated 30 of the face shields to South Vermillion to be able to use when they pass out food. Then we will donate more to the Vermillion County health clinics,” Davis said.

He said creating these shields was the best way he knew he could help out those in need of protective equipment.

“I wanted to help out my community. I have the experience with 3-D printers and the capability of doing it isn’t too hard,” Davis said.

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