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Max Niehaus at Industrial Design Shop. © Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University Students Use 3D Technology to Produce Face Shields for Front-line Workers

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private accredited art and design schools in the nation

Published on April 14, 2020

Academy of Art University instructors and students put their creative resourcefulness to action as they use 3D printers to create face shields that will be donated to San Francisco hospital front-liners. Faced with the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy’s team led by Max Niehaus, Industrial Design Shop Manager and instructor, started prototyping face shields with 3D printers.

Max Niehaus delivering the face shields at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Earlier last week, he delivered the first set of face shields to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital to be tested and approved by their workers. To date, his team has delivered 100 face shields to the hospital and more are expected to come to fulfill demands from healthcare workers as well as first responders, firefighters, and police in the local community.

Students, faculty, and staff from the School of Industrial Design and School of Jewelry & Metal Arts who have 3D printers at home have been invited to join this initiative. The face shields produced by the team have been collected at Industrial Design Shop for sterilization and assembly.

“I’m proud to see our entire university come together to produce potentially life-saving equipment,” said Niehaus. “Students, faculty, and technicians from the Schools of Industrial Design, Jewelry, Architecture, and Sculpture have worked tirelessly to see this through. The online 3D-printing community’s open-source ethos allowed us to get started, and we look forward to sharing our work with other institutions.”

In response to COVID-19 and updated state and federal health guidance, the Academy of Art University has moved all classes online.

Staff Writer