Introducing Project Face Shield! The CSA, CPS, and local 16-year-old future engineer Konnar Jones is switching from respirators to making face shields. Hospitals and first responders are asking for these shields – 5,000 or more are needed. The group is also asking other local 3D print owners to join them in their efforts. The website with the shield files is attached. The group is also working on protocol for getting the shields shipped to them for distribution. Information will be posted soon on the Columbia STEM Alliance website…
Healthcare providers biggest challenge is still a shortage of personal protective equipment.
One Columbia high school student saw the need in the community and he printed a solution.
Konnar Jones is 3D printing face shields to donate to hospitals and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.
He prints 30 face shields a day with 24/7 printing. Jones said he had to go through several design changes.
“It’s just hours and days worth of changes,” Jones said.
He’s working with Executive Director of the Columbia Stem Alliance Craig Adams. Their goal is to print 6,000 face shields.
Adams said the hard part is finding things like elastic, and the acetate material for the visor.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be able to help people. My family is a law enforcement family. So that’s just what we do. I’m finally being able to help people with the skills that I have. It’s just rewarding and I love it,” Jones said.
Adams said Jones has been 3D printing since the fifth grade.
“It’s impressive. He’s a really special individual. He was driven from an early age to do this. He’s got some great training from the career center and the classes he’s taken,” Adams said.
Adams said he doesn’t look at Jones as a 16 year old anymore. He said he views Jones as a colleague.
“Its phenomenal to see what somebody can do when they’ve got the skill and they’ve got the motivation and the curiosity that it takes to do that,” Adams said.
Jones said he would like more people to join the project.
If you’d like to donate money, materials or 3D print face shields reach out to Craig Adams email@example.com.