MEDFORD, Ore--- This week, two college students in Oregon will donate around 70 face shields to Jackson County medical professionals and Sky Lakes Medical Center.
30 of those face shields will be donated at the Jackson County Expo by 19-year-old Chase Hukill. Hukill, a Crater School of Business graduate, is spending Spring break in the Rogue Valley. Instead of doing of doing regular Spring break activities, he is 3D printing face shields from his own home.
"What I love about the younger generation, is our ability to innovate. We always come up with some crazy, whacky idea. Hey if it might work, we try it." said Hukill.
40 of those face shields will be taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. They will be provided by Oregon Tech Metro Campus's 3D printing beds, and Davia Fleming who is creating them.
On those 40 face shields, the message "We've got your back" has been printed.
"If I was in the postion of somebody that was sick, I would like the feeling of knowing that there were others out there fighting for the people who are fighting for me." said Fleming.
Oregon Tech students have also been creating respirator masks and converting CPAP machines into ventilators using printed valves.
Both students say they will continue printing the shields as requested.