SUNY and CUNY Colleges Harness 3D Printers to Provide Crucial Personal Protective Equipment for Frontline Medical Workers

April 15, 2020

SUNY’s 3D PPE Production at 2,100 a Day at 18 College and University Campuses with More Ramping Up Capabilities

Six CUNY Campuses are Manufacturing Hundreds More Face Shields Per Day

Albany – The State University of New York and The City University of New York are helping to produce more than 2,400 face shields a day to provide needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for New York State’s frontline health workers through the use of 3D printing, an emerging technology that is providing an invaluable means for SUNY and CUNY campuses to assist in the battle against the coronavirus.

SUNY campuses are producing 2,100 face shields a day amongst 18 SUNY college and university campuses, including University at Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton University, Broome Community College, University at Buffalo, Canton, Cobleskill, SUNY’s Cornell colleges, Delhi, Hudson Valley Community College, Jefferson Community College, New Paltz, Oswego, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook University, and Sullivan Community College. Face shield manufacturing is expected to rise as more campuses receive materials for 3D production.

Teams at six CUNY colleges—The City College of New York, Bronx Community College, Queensborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, New York City College of Technology, and The Graduate Center—have adapted their 3D printers and associated materials to make elements that are used in protective face shields for local hospitals.

The face shields are being donated to medical teams across the state, as resources are needed by hospitals, nursing homes, and testing sites.

Face shields have become important in clinical settings as the number of coronavirus cases has surged and health professionals require an extra level of protection over face masks. The 3D printing process generates complex three-dimensional objects from computer-aided designs.

"Across the SUNY system, our talented faculty and students are using their time, energy, and ingenuity to make a significant contribution to our battle against COVID-19—and the production of protective gear for health care professionals, including those at SUNY’s three hospitals, is one measure," said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. "We continue to answer Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call to action by converting facilities on Long Island into medical treatment centers, providing drive-through testing sites, sending medical volunteers to the locations hardest hit, and conducting research on antivirals and clinical trials. By working together, we will emerge from this challenge even stronger than ever."

"In times of crisis, integral New York City institutions like CUNY have a moral imperative and a social responsibility to mobilize their full resources in the service of those who need it most," said Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. "CUNY is harnessing its powers of innovation to supplement the city’s PPE supply chain and aid the brave health care workers who are putting their lives on the line. There is no greater cause at the moment, and we are proud to stand with New York City and do what we can to help those on the front lines of the war against COVID-19."


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