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University at Buffalo medical students print face shields for healthcare workers

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:32:05-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Four University at Buffalo students have spent months 3D printing face shields for healthcare workers.

“Since we were no longer in the hospitals this was a great way that we could give back to the community and help out,” third year medical student at University at Buffalo Brittany Russo said.

Russo, her partners Jordan Levine, Josh Broden, and Mitchell Eyerman all had to leave their clinical rotations due to the shortage in PPE.

"So we wanted to find a way to help, since the reason we had to stop going to hospitals was because there was no PPE," Broden said.

So the group decided to use their extra stimulus check money and invested in a six 3D printers.

“We found out that there were printers, that were really well rated, for an average price of $200. And printer filament, for an average price of $25 dollars,” Broden said.

After lots of trial and error, the group managed to find a template that was safe and effective.

“This took about a month to get down," Levine said.

Already, the group has donated 1000 face shields to hospitals in need. 400 went downstate. The rest stayed right here in Buffalo.

“We’re medical students. We’re here to help. And to be able to find a way to give back to our community has been incredibly touching,” Levine said.