Ethan Camin ’22 Teams with VA Tech to Aid COVID-19 Responders

When Ethan Camin ’22 of Katy, Texas realized his older brother’s college, Virginia Tech, was looking for people with access to 3D printers to help make printed face masks for first responders, he got to work. 
“I thought this initiative was a really cool way to connect with my community and help out during this time, so I was immediately interested,” Camin says. 
He reached out to the project lead Alex Leonessa, mechanical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, and secured the project specifications and details. Camin began testing out different settings on his home 3D printer and after several different iterations of settings, he landed on a version that printed clean. He is printing the head band portion of the face shields which will be completed with a laser cut plastic shield provided by Virginia Tech. The completed shields will be delivered to hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas and to local emergency responders in Virginia. 
“Now I am continuing to print the masks almost 24 hours a day,” he says. “My goal is to print about 9 a day, or 60 a week, and then at the end of three weeks ship them all up to Virginia to be distributed to local hospitals in need.” 
Camin also reached out to a friend in California to join in with her 3D printer as well. 
“This is not a single person initiative by any means, and I encourage anyone with a 3D printer to join in!” For more information on the project or to get involved, click here
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