Bristol Aggie Delivers Face Shields to Frontline Workers at St. Luke’s Hospital
Bristol County Agricultural High School’s 3D printer has been hard at work making face shields for frontline workers. This week, the school was able to deliver almost 200 face shields to St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford. In early March, Bristol Aggie acquired the digital file needed to create the masks on the school’s 3D printer. Since then, the file and product has been tweaked and refined to create a product that is more comfortable, more economical and quicker to manufacture. Once the visor is complete, a plastic shield is added. The face shield is another layer of protection that covers the medical professional’s face while still being able to wear a mask underneath.
When the school’s doors closed to students and teachers back in March, the janitors, foremen and watchpersons, stepped up to the challenge of keeping the 230 acre working farm and school running. In addition to sanitizing the school, growing crops and caring for animals ranging from horses to mice, these men and women also learned how to run the 3D printer. It has been Aggie’s frontline workers that allow the mask manufacturing to continue around the clock. Bristol Aggie will continue to disperse Personal Protective Equipment to area hospitals as they are produced.