Washoe County Library System's 3D printers,relatively new resources at our branches, are currently being used in an unexpected way. Staff from our maker services team have joined Griffon Co,UNR Libraries, and others in the community who are using 3D printers to produce vital personal protective equipment for our community heroes.
John from the Incline Village Library, Brent from the Downtown Reno Library, Pam from the North Valleys Library, Julie from the South Valleys Library, Laurie from the Sierra View Library, and Aurora from the Spanish Springs Library have all turned their homes into mini-factories.
After only one week of printing, we have produced 162 face shield frames. We expect to be able to keep our printers running to continue providing about 200 frames per week.
In addition to our official partnership, many Washoe County Library staff are using their own 3D printers and sewing machines to contribute to community efforts to supply additional PPE.
Front line workers in need of face shields can request them here.
To help with printing or to donate, you can send an email to email@example.com.
You don't need a 3D printer to make your own personal protective equipment. Visit the CDC's website for instructions on making face masks with T-shirts, coffee filters, rubber bands, or other items you probably already have in your home.
Our weekly newsletter now features two new sections highlighting community and employment resources. Each week we provide links to government and non-profit organizations that can provide assistance and helpful information during these uncertain times, organizations like Nevada 2-1-1, DETR, Washoe Hands, and many more.