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Volunteers used 3D printers to make face shields for health care workers

Posted at 11:14 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 23:15:04-04

HOWARD BEACH, Queens — At Power House Dance Academy in Howard Beach, Queens, the sound of tap, jazz and hip-hop has been replaced with the sound of 3D printers.

Chris Wierzbicki, a 7th grade math teacher, went from one 3D printer to 10, thanks to a number of neighborhood donations.

Kristina Miceli opened up her dance studio space, which is currently closed because it's not an essential business.

"Our community is very strong," she told us. "We are overwhelmed with how many people have reached out."

The printers are going 24 hours a day printing face shields for health care workers.

Volunteer Danielle Miceli is a dance instructor and a public school teacher.

"I can't even express that all these machines were donated by the community."

The local help comes as personal protective equipment is running short.

Late Monday, the largest national union representing nurses called for President Donald Trump to ramp up production of N95 respirator masks and other equipment through the Defense Production Act.

ER Doctor Tamara Moise said PPE goes fast; she just recovered from a mild case of COVID-19 herself.

"I had cough, headaches," she said.

Back to that 7th grade math teacher, who by the way went to the same high school as Dr. Anthony fauci.

He and those volunteers donated 150 face shields to Elmhurst Hospital.

They are fielding requests not just from here in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but also Florida, and even as far as New Mexico.

Once the crisis is over, the 3D printers will be donated to local schools.