Published on July 2, 2020
Ian had heard about 3D printed masks and had seen some patterns but didn’t specifically know who was in need or what exactly to make. With the help of his family, they came across 717 Makers, a group that has been coordinating patterns and supplies for face shields and distributing them to those who need it. After contacting the group, they instructed Ian on which patterns they needed and by using his 3D printer he was able to create and produce a part of the shield for local first responders.
“I really enjoy 3D printing, and now when something I like to do can help other people, I just wanted a way to help,” said Ian. His goal was originally to make 100 masks, but with the assistance of 717 Makers Ian has printed parts for face shields and a hook to be used for an N95.