Aside from TCMS, the Hannas have received help from local businesses, including Ponder’s Office Products and Rumbles Office City.
“It’s spread throughout the community really nicely,” Michael said. “There are a lot of individuals in the community that have stepped up and given checks t
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With help from John Wagner of Bayly Inc., a local hat manufacturer, the Hannas are creating a new face shield design that combines their 3D-printed materials with an injection- molded headband.
“(Wagner) showed us one of his bands that we could quickly adapt to a new design that Will did overnight,” Michael said. “It clips on and it’s actually really cool.”
By outsourcing part of the project, the Hannas are expecting to double their production of face shields over the next week.
The entire project was bome through Hanna’s care for his own mother. Hanna had seen some posts online of face shields being made using 3D printers to protect medical personnel from the coronavirus. When Hanna learned that his mother Martha, a nurse practitioner at a local pediatric center, had been having difficulties with her own personal protective equipment, he decided to take matters into his own hands and printed her a custom face shield of her own.
“All of a sudden her whole office all wanted one,” Hanna said. “Then friends of theirs wanted some and all of a sudden we were off to the races trying to make as many as we could.”
Hanna said he’s always looking for more supplies, especially 1.75mm PLA filament — the plastic spool that feeds into the 3D printer to create the face shields. He also needs clear transparent printer paper for the shield itself and, of course, more printers.
Anyone who wishes to contribute materials or another 3D printer to the project can contact Hanna at whanna@ tcjackets.net.