St. Andrew’s Episcopal School staff, alumni and students are able to produce masks using 3D printers. They are created using PLA plastic and designed to function with materials such as cloth or paper towels, prolonging the life of each mask. Upon completion, each mask is sanitized and sealed in individual ziplock bags.
After consulting both the school’s technology team and alumni, Lower School Science Teacher Kathy Vial discovered they could, in fact, create masks similar to those used in local hospitals.
“I contacted my son-in-law, who’s a St. Andrew’s alumnus and a physician in Jackson, and he said they use the half masks,” Vial continued. “I turned around and told our IT staff that’s what they needed, and they started immediately working on it.”
With two printers running, they are able to produce at least 10 masks a day to fulfill a critical need in the Jackson area.
Click on this link to see the printing in action: https://www.northsidesun.com/sites/default/files/2020-04/SA%20mask%20production%20video%20%281%29.mp4