UNC Charlotte Faculty and Charlotte Latin School Team Up To Make Face Shields Through 3-D Printing

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Thousands of much needed face shields were distributed to health care providers on Wednesday. Faculty at UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Latin School teamed up to make them through 3-D printing.

With the shortage of N-95 masks and personal protective equipment, Alex Cabral felt compelled to help. He’s Director of Fabrication for the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte.

“That hit pretty close to home and we just figured we just needed to start doing whatever we could,” says Cabral.

The idea started with two doctors, whose daughter goes to Charlotte Latin School. They passed it along to an engineering teacher at the school, who brought in Cabral.
On March 20th, the first prototypes of the 3-D printed face shields were made.

“That sits in front of the mask and prevent anybody from getting coughed on or from any real contaminations to that mask.”

Cabrel says 75 people from UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte Latin community are helping make the masks, with more than 200 3-D printers throughout the city. More than 3,000 masks distributed Wednesday to Atrium and Novant. They have now been able to manufacture about 600 face shields a day.

A GoFundMe page, to help with production, has raised more than $92,000.

The website here.