Ivy Tech uses 3-D printing to help in fight against coronavirus

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TERRE HAUTE(WTWO/WAWV) — Ivy Tech in Terre Haute joined in the effort to help provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) materials for distribution.

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is working with colleges across the state to produce PPE to help address current shortages as a result of COVID-19.

Face shields completed by Ivy Tech Terre Haute will be delivered to the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency for local distribution and to Bryan Herta Autosports in Speedway for central distribution to hospitals and organizations throughout the state.

Faculty involved in production are able to produce roughly 85 medical face shields per day, and 425 per week. Staff members avoided overlapping their shifts in order to maintain social distancing.

David Will, Ivy Tech Terre Haute Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Science headlined the project. Something that he thinks will have a big impact not only during COVID-19 but for 3-D printing overall.

“I think the big part of this project, I think people not only our students and our faculty but also the community will actually be able to see the impact 3-D printing can have,” David said. “In all the different aspects and flexibility that this technology can provide, which will help our future growth.”

With the growing need for PPE, Ivy Tech will continue to use 3-D printing to create headbands for medical and front line workers.

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