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Rockingham librarians make 3-D printed face shields for health professionals, social workers

Staff at the Eden Branch Public Library made face shields with a 3-D printer to help with the shortage of masks.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — Technology is being used by Rockingham County Public Libraries to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Librarians at the Eden Branch Library started using a 3-D printer to make face shields for colleagues in the Rockingham County Health Department and the Rockingham County Department of Social Services. 

"I made a prototype and took it over to my director and he said, 'Great! Make me another one,' and I did," said Katherine Seaver, the branch manager at the Eden Public Library in Rockingham County.

Credit: Eden Branch Public Library
Rockingham County Librarians Make Face Shields for Health Workers with 3-D printer

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Seaver said the idea came when the library staff was looking at things they could do with the 3-D printer to help with the shortage of masks and face shields.

"I got a call a few minutes later and they said we need 50 of them, so I've been in the mass-producing business of making as many as we can right now and we've made 16," Seaver said. "We've been running the 3-D printer almost nonstop. It takes about four hours per mask to make with two and a half hours on the 3-D printer itself," she said.

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