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Northwood Teams with Northern NY 3D Printing


Local Focus on the Production of Facial Shields for First Responders

Adirondacks, New York, March 31, 2020 - Northern NY 3D Printing is working with an innovative group of regional residents to coordinate a 3D printing volunteer network to respond to COVID-19 and the increasing need for medical face shields. Volunteers have already begun face shield production in the Tri-Lakes region and are working to develop a coordinated printing effort throughout the region in order to be responsive to the changing needs of medical providers facilities across Northern New York.  Volunteers are being sought to help expand this effort and their printing capacity.

The effort is led by knowledgeable volunteers in conjunction with SUNY Canton, Northwood School, Lake Placid and Saranac Lake School Districts, Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetics Services as well as individual community members.  Tom Broderick, Associate Head of School at Northwood School, has been coordinating team members with various skill sets to push forward toward design approvals between the team and Adirondack Health.

“We are happy to be able to utilize the Innovation Hub at Northwood School and our 3D printers to do our part to keep our medical professionals and our community safe,” states Broderick. 

The recent focus has been on coordination with our health care facilities to ensure their input and confidence in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Approvals and logistics of the 3D printed materials and the development of the regional network of printers have been the focus and are fully underway. With a connected team, our printer network can assess production volume as time goes on and adapt to regional directives.

“We are especially interested in collaboration with libraries, schools districts, community colleges, medical equipment makers - those who already have multiple printers and the know-how, but, also, with individuals who may have just one printer,” states Andrea Audi who is focusing on the regional network coordination. 

Interested parties can sign-up at