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Article: MHS Students, Staff, Alumni Collaborate for 3D Printer PPE Production

MHS Students, Staff, Alumni Collaborate for 3D Printer PPE Production

Ear Saver PPE from the 3D Printer

In the uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, members of the Mariemont High School community have found a way to give back. Staff member Emily Colpi, freshman student Jerry O’Hara and MHS class of 2015 graduate Lauren Trester have collaborated to use the school’s 3D printers to produce helpful personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers.

Trester, a Human-Centered Making major at Xavier University began using the university’s 3D printers to produce face shields for local organizations. When Colpi heard of the good work her former student was doing, she wanted to help. Trester sent her a file for a 3D printed ear saver to use with PPE masks and the Mariemont High School library media specialist and digital learning coach got to work.

Mariemont High School has three 3D printers that have been assembled in staff members’ homes during the extended school building closure caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Each can produce three or four ear savers an hour and together they have made around 125 devices to date.

With a large stack of ear savers ready for use, O’Hara stepped up to organize distribution to health care workers. 

If you are a health care worker and would like to request some ear savers (free of charge), please fill out the form here:

Additionally, if anyone in the community has access to additional 3D printers and would like to assist in the production of ear savers, contact Emily Colpi at [email protected].

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