Viewpoint: Chambers need relief, too

Peak Covid-19 hospitalization was quickly approaching in Little Rock, Arkansas. The local medical community realized they were reaching a critical personal protective equipment shortage, with face shields top of the list. Larry Whitman, dean of engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, found a medically approved 3D model for a face shield online, and he sought ways to source its production. He reached out for help.

To ensure medical-grade usage, CHI St. Vincent Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Gerry Jones was brought in to approve the prototype. Now how to print? Little Rock schools Superintendent Michael Poore agreed to share the district’s 3D printers that weren’t being used during the school closure. Local plastic company Mr. Plastic provided plastic sheeting to fit into the headband prototype. An ingenious local solution was forged, but couldn’t be scaled up to meet the total need.

So a local firm, Schueck Steel, stepped in to make the headbands in mass quantities…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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