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Cleveland, Ohio – The Fabrication Lab at Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School, which is normally used for engineering and thematic training programs, is being repurposed during school closure to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). In coordination with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, PHASTAR Corporation has begun fabricating reusable splash face shields for healthcare workers and first responders who are facing a shortage of PPE amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Production of the reusable shields, which consist of a laser cut visor and a 3-D printed plastic frame with an adjustable elastic strap, began in late March.
With Davis A&M closed for the foreseeable future, Principal Tim Jones authorized the repurposing of the FabLab equipment and its temporary relocation to PHASTAR’s facility at 1776 Columbus Road in Cleveland.
PHASTAR’S Danny Smith, who oversees the Fabrication Lab at Davis A&M, has been busy refining and producing the first round of PPE. The 3-D printers and laser cutter have been running day and night at 1776 to create these shields.
On Tuesday, March 31st, PHASTAR delivered 64 splash face shields to the Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Agency as a first-run demo. PHASTAR will respond to additional requests as needs are identified.
PHASTAR President D. Andrew Ferguson points out that students may eventually be involved in the repurposing of the FabLab equipment for the production of the PPE, stating:
“We continue to monitor the situation with a goal of enabling the safe involvement of Davis A&M FabLab students in the development and production so they, too, may be part of the solution.”
One of the advantages of 3-D printing in a situation like the one we are currently facing is that designs can be quickly updated as material availability changes. The splash shields that PHASTAR is producing have been adapted from an open source design from the Prague-based company Prusa Research. The design was updated to accommodate local material availability.
The splash shields are designed to accommodate an N95 mask, and cover the health care provider’s full face. The design is completely reusable and easily sanitized.
Capt. D. Andrew Ferguson, PHASTAR President
For questions about the design and fabrication process, contact:
Danny Smith, PHASTAR Director of Davis A&M
About PHASTAR Corporation:
PHASTAR Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation born out of vision to improve the quality of education and public services in Northeast Ohio. PHASTAR currently includes three areas of operation: Education, Aerospace, and Maritime. PHASTAR is also a co-founder of Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School. For more information visit www.phastar.org.
About Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School:
Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School is a cutting-edge public high school designed for students who wish to pursue their curiosity or passion for aerospace or maritime in a supportive environment that prepares them for college, careers, and citizenship. Founded in 2017 through a unique private-public partnership between PHASTAR Corporation and CMSD, Davis A&M currently has 9th through 11th grade, and is adding 12th grade for the 2020-21 school year. For more information visit www.davisam.org.