Faculty Instruction Face Shield Project



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Early in the spring of 2020 project contributors David Holden and John Schneiderhan began test printing a variety of open source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Covid related items that could help protect or prevent the spread of the emerging virus. With assistance from Pete Baril of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) approval was obtained for the face shields to be used in the health care and nursing homes in the area. With the support and approval from university and library administration efforts were coordinated with Dr. Joshua Pearce and the students from the MOST lab to concentrate on the printing, assembling, packaging, and delivery of the shields for distribution at the local health department. Between March 25th and June 15th, 2020 we had delivered over 3200 shields to the community.

As the supply chain and supply of PPE started reaching the Copper Country and the return to classroom precautions developed we were tasked with qualifying a modified faceshield for faculty instruction. The team designed and printed a variety of prototypes and worked with a variety of users and specialists across campus to optimize the form factor for effectiveness, durability, form, fit, and comfort.


PPE, personal protective equipment, 3D printing, 3D design, face shield


Computer-Aided Engineering and Design | Manufacturing | Materials Science and Engineering | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Virus Diseases


The face shield discussed in this document was adapted from “3D-Printed Protective Visor,” by Erik Cederberg / 3DVerkstan, which is licensed CC BY SA 3.0 unported.

Materials in this record are also available via the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange repository here: https://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/3DPX-013941

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Faculty Instruction Face Shield Project