When Michael Schnoblen, principal account manager – MAS governmental & institutional, and Candice Schnoblen, project lead – operating system – MAS strategy, heard of the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage for front-line medical workers, they knew they had to help.
“That’s when we started 3D printing face shields,” said Michael. “We heard superheroes (nurses, doctors, and EMS) did not have the PPE they need to do their job safely. When we thought about what we could do, we realized we had the resources to manufacture face shields with our 3D printers.”
The Schnoblen’s began with two 3D printers and through donations, have increased to 10 printers, which grew their production from 16 face shields to over 80 per day! They are researching partnering with local companies that have the tooling available to aid in cutting the plastic sheets.
“We started this thinking we could do it on our own, but we need our community now more than ever to support those directly involved,” said Candice. “We have been accepting donations to purchase materials and tools needed for the face shields. When this is all done, we would like to donate any leftover materials and tools to schools.”
For updates and to donate to the Schnoblen’s head to their Facebook page. If you have your own 3D printer and would like to help, please contact Michael Schnoblen. You can also learn more about their story on WDIV.
Similarly, Aditya Tallapally, IT manager – work and asset management platform, and his wife Kavitha Tallapally, are 3D printing face shields of their own.
“Around the world there are thousands of healthcare professionals finding it extremely challenging to work during COVID-19 crisis due to lack of proper PPE,” said Aditya. “My wife and I have decided to do our part. We are very close to delivering 100 face shields on a weekly basis. Our plan is to deliver these face shields to nearby hospitals in Novi and Farmington Hills area.”
If you have your own 3D printer and would like to help, please contact the Aditya Tallapally.
Michelle Woodard, senior fuel supply equipment operator, also has a son-in-law, Bryan Faulkner, who is 3D printing face shields.
“His company, Bs3D Prints, teamed up with QCS in Port Huron. They are printing 24/7. So far, they have made 520 face shields and 848 ear relief straps and sent them to 20 hospitals and medical facilities. Bryan knew that there was such a large shortage, and I am proud he stepped up to help,” said Michelle.