Mount Olive High School’s makerspace is creating protective visors for use by medical personnel in New Jersey and New York.
The first batch of 300 visors was recently delivered to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital, and Newton Medical Center. The visors are composed of clear plastic sheets attached to 3D-printed headbands that were made on the 24 3D printers in MOHS.
Because of the increasing demand, the makerspace has switched to a simpler design that can create visors in much less time – about two minutes per unit. These visors do not require any 3D printing and are made by laser-cutting plastic sheeting and then attaching elastic bands. MOHS is collaborating with Warren Hills Regional High School and together they have raised more than $36,000 in donations to support the effort. The partnership is expected to produce more than 15,000 of the simplified shields by mid-April.
In addition to local hospitals, the visors will be distributed to police departments, area first-responders, food pantries, nursing homes, the New Jersey State Police, and the Warren County Office of Emergency Management.
Dave Bodmer, industrial engineering teacher at MOHS, is coordinating the makerspace activities and has been working with officials from New York University, Montclair University, Picatinny Arsenal, Newton Medical Center, and University Hospital. MOHS alumnus Matt Dunster is assisting with manufacturing and shipping.