BOLIVAR, Mo. — Local 3D printers are helping healthcare workers by creating respirators.
Each print takes about three hours to make and replace the need for N-95 masks which are in short supply.
Matt Winder, who is helping to make the 3D masks, says there are a lot of people donate to the Citizen’s Memorial Hospital (CMH).
“That couldn’t be further from the truth that there are only three people working on this,” Winder said. “I would say there are three people who started this.”
CMH physician assistant, Matt Havens, says fit tests have played an important role.
“A respirator test that we do in order to make sure that you are achieving a good seal,” Havens said.
These 3D respirators give the CMH a ‘Plan B’.
“With the scary prospect that essentially we may be running on empty eventually, that now we have a viable option that is going to be able to protect those staff that are there taking care of those patients,” said Havens.
It certainly helps Haven’s situation.
“Me, personally, I’m using a paint respirator right now that I dug up out of home for when I do COVID tests,” Haven said.
Keith Kelly is happy to give back to the community that gave to him.
“Within the Bolivar community, there’s so many people that have helped me,” Kelly said. “Like the guy down the street right there helped with my basement putting in a sink.”
Kelly and Winder say this project started last weekend.