The Science Library's Makerspace staff is contributing to the University of Georgia's efforts to produce medical face shields for Athens-area medical professionals at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Health Care System.
Andrew Johnson, an emerging technologies librarian, reached out to faculty and staff with 3D printers to let them know about the initiative. He was able to borrow printers from across campus – including the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Entrepreneurship Program in the Terry College of Business, and the Innovation Gateway in the Office of Research – to combine with the 3D printers at the Makerspace and create a fabrication hub. Makerspace associate Ariel Ackerly calibrated the equipment and set up the Makerspace for scaled-up PPE production. Ackerly and Johnson anticipate being able to 3D print between 80-100 headbands per week.