Danny Day got the opportunity in 3D printing: His real hobby was drone racing, and when he could not find repair parts for his drones, Day started creating them with a 3D printer. When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, Day – an owner of the Allstate agency in Redding, California – read about other 3D printing hobbyists in Europe who created personal protective equipment (PPE) with their printers.
"I began to wonder, 'Can our local hospital or Urgent Care Center even buy something like that on the open market because of how much competition there is for [PPE]?'" Day told The Renewal Project, an Allstate partnership with The Atlantic, which celebrates innovation in communities across the country.
So Day contacted the infection control team at Redding & # 39; s Mercy Medical Center, and then based on their post a face shield made of plastic that is easy to adjust and clean. With its four 3D printers, Dag's family made their first batch of 25 face shields and delivered them to Mercy on March 28th.
Four days later, the local TV station KRCR ran a story about the endeavor of the day.
"From that moment on, every morning I woke up to phone calls after phone calls asking for face shields from all over California," Day said.
At the top, the family ran 14 printers , 21 hours a day, and produced 60 face shields each run.Crinter manufacturer Craftunique donated several printers.Day also received a grant for free filament, the plastic used to make the items.An online fundraiser generated more than $ 3,600 to support production
"Our home was turned into a factory," said Day. He estimates that they have printed 4,000 face shields.
Today's 9-year-old daughter, Rileigh, was already skilled at creating toys for her father's cone. tor: fidget spinner to keep the kids busy while their parents discussed insurance options. He was proud that she helped print face shields.
As the day goes on, this is a moment in history that his daughter will remember.
"They will talk about things that people did – to do things, just as they did in the war effort. Families did business. Moms went to factories and worked, "he said. “You had a factory in your house. … You made a mark. "