Schools unite to create face masks for medics
Bermuda’s high schools have joined forces to make face shields for hospital staff.
Saltus Grammar School, Warwick Academy, Somersfield Academy, Bermuda High School and CedarBridge Academy have used their schools’ 3D printers to manufacture protective shields after a plea from Joy Tucker, a member of the public.
Ms Tucker said she saw on social media that groups overseas had started to to 3D print face shields for hospitals and decided to see the same could be done in Bermuda.
She said: “Before I knew it, there were people commenting and also tagging people on the post.
Ms Tucker added: “Dialogue began on the post with the suggestion that I contact senior schools.”
Several businesses also stepped up to help, with AF Smith’s, Bermuda Air Conditioning, Bermuda Blueprinting, B3D Ltd, Gibbons Company, Mailboxes Unlimited, Marine Locker, PW Marine, Red Laser and Tops Ltd offering supplies or assistance.
Ms Tucker said: “I cannot stress enough how we need support on all fronts and if there are people who can help 3D print, then they need to contact me so that I can co-ordinate the effort.
“The main objective of this project, is to be cohesive, so that everyone is making the same face shield that has been approved for the use by the Bermuda Medical Doctors Association and earguards, when they are approved.”
Scott Mello, the facilities manager at BHS, said there was discussion among the schools and the hospital about the best design for the face shields, but production was now in top gear.
He added: “We are planning to make 550 for the hospital, and we have about 60 so far.
“The idea is once we have the hospital covered, there seems to be a bit of demand to be met with doctors and even some companies that we will try to meet.”
Mr Mello said that he and the others involved were happy to help.
He added: “It has been a really good experience.
“It’s always nice to help the community and get something done — and it keeps your mind off the news.”
Saltus said in a statement: “As our healthcare and other essential workers in Bermuda continue their combined efforts in keeping us safe, we continue to think of ways in which we can help them.
“Saltus was asked if it was possible to make face shields using a 3D printer, and our staff didn’t hesitate to find a solution. Working together, Red Laser donated the plastic and AF Smith donated the laminate sheets and using our 3D printer, we began to work.
“We are proud to announce that Saltus sent out the first batch of face shields and will continue making more, with a goal of making 500 face shields.”
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