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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every organization, but nowhere is it more evident than in our hospitals where healthcare workers are facing life and death decisions with limited resources. That is why Head of School David Perfield and his counterparts at other local schools answered the call when asked by colleague Mindi Imes, Principal of St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, if anyone had access to 3D printers.
A St. Mary’s parent, Steve Saint Amour, had decided to take matters into his own hands. As the COO of Eclipse, a marine operations service provider, he began organizing the production of respirators and masks utilizing 3D printers. After finding the design and code online and completing a few practice runs, he was ready to ramp up production, Oldfields quickly made the decision to lend its two 3D printers to the cause.
The results have been tremendous. At last count on April 6, 21 printers have been collected which have created 289 reusable respirators and 27 face shields. Over 6o masks a day are being printed, with a goal of reaching 100 a day! Most have been donated to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, but as production increases, they hope to expand the number of healthcare facilities. Eight other states have reached out to Saint Armour’s group for information on how to start a similar operation.
Back in 2015 when Elizabeth O’Brien ’17’s parents Valerie J. Sill and Dr. Dennis O’Brien, donated the two Makerbot Replicator 3D printers to support the STEM program at Oldfields, they had no idea just how valuable a gift they were making!
In addition to supporting our Oldfields community, we will continue to do all we can to support those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thank all of you for being there for us while we do!
If you would like to support this cause, please contact St. Mary’s Elementary School Principal, Rebecca Zimmerman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is coordinating the purchase and collection of items you can donate, i.e. 3D printing filament, furnace filters, and Clorox wipes. If you or someone you know has a 3D printer, please email St. Mary’s High School’s Principal, Mindi Imes, at email@example.com.