Kettering University staff and students use 3D printing to create masks during COVID-19 pandemic

Students And Staff Use 3D Printers To Make Face Masks And Comfort Bands For Front-Line Workers

John Wolfert, Assistant Director of the University’s FIRST Robotics Community Center, and Dr. Abishek Kamaraj, Kettering University Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Lecturer, have led undergraduate and graduate students in using 3D printing to create Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for front-line workers. 

Kettering students have made more than 400 masks, and Wolfert is continually making Montana masks (filtration masks that can be sanitized and reused) to be distributed to those on the front line. The items are being taken to Factory Two in Flint and are distributed from there. 

Some of the local organizations that Kettering is making and donating PPE for include:

  • Asbury United Methodist Church (for those doing food distribution)
  • Ascension Genesys Health Center
  • Bethel United Methodist Church Help Center
  • Flint Fire Department
  • Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
  • Genesee ACO Group
  • Genesee County Sheriff's Paramedics
  • Genesys Hospital (Nurses)
  • Greater Flint Holy Temple
  • Hurley Hospital (Nurses)
  • McLaren Hospital (Nurses)
  • McDonald’s on S. Saginaw St. (Window staff)
  • MTA drivers
  • Rite Aid (Pharmacy and counter staff)
  • RL Jones Community Outreach Center
  • Stat EMS (Drivers)
  • UAW Local 598 (Nurses)
  • Wellbridge Nursing Home
  • Wellness Services