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Nucor & Area Schools Combining To 3-D Print Face Masks

Steel News - Published on Fri, 03 Apr 2020

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Schools in the Norfolk area are teaming up with Nucor to produce uniquely created face masks for health care providers. Two years ago, Nucor and school districts in Madison, Norfolk, Stanton, Battle Creek, and Pierce utilized grant money from the state to purchase 3-D printers. Those printers are now hard at work producing face masks to supply to Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk. Nucor Trainer David Decarolis said "When we saw some news articles about other locations using 3-D printing technology to help their local health providers with shortages in PPE, we talked about bringing all of our 3-D printers together in one location to create this lab.We reached out to Faith Regional to see if they had a shortage, and they said that we could help them with face mask protection. The project came together earlier this week, and the printers were all brought together to the Nucor Detailing Center to produce as many masks as possible for Faith Regional. Collectively, the five school districts and Nucor have 13 3-D printers, and they're all in this room at the same time. The 3-D printed components of each mask take approximately two hours to fabricate, so if you multiply that by 13, throughout a day we're hoping to produce at least 100."

Word of the collaboration has started to spread across Nebraska, as during his Friday press conference Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted the work being done between the schools and Nucor. Gov ernor Ricketts said "This is a great example of local people stepping up, meeting the challenge, doing the right thing, and figuring out how to solve problems, this is how we're going to beat this virus.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 03 Apr 2020
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