St. Louis furniture maker is building face shields for nurses amid virus pandemic

And the community is helping him build 3,000 masks with donations totaling more than $10,000 for his cause.

Debbie Monterrey
March 30, 2020 - 8:46 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - An industrial designer and furniture fabricator in St. Louis has stepped up to help medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
David Cervantes of Cervantes Design was hearing about the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers and first responders, particularly, a shortage of N95 respirators. He came up with an idea: a face shield to serve as a barrier to help keep the N95 masks from getting contaminated.

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 "We are 3D printing the components that house a clear PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) film that helps protect first responders' N95 masks," explains Cervantes. "The 3D component is the actual headband that hugs the shield against the face. We're laser cutting out the PETG film using superfast automated machinery that is available in a lot of maker spaces."
 
He put out a call to the St. Louis makers community to see if anyone wanted to help. He says within 48 hours, they were cranking them out.


 
Their initial goal is to make 300. Their larger goal is 3,000. Cervantes says they'll keep doing it as long as they can with volunteers, and as long as they can continue acquiring the material.
 
A GoFundMe that was set up surpassed it's $10,000 goal.

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