High School robotics team making PPE with 3D printers

Posted at 5:57 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 22:09:51-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The high school robotics team, 'Lectric Legends, is using 3D printers to create PPE from scratch.

"It's nice to know that I can do something. I'm not just sitting at home helpless while this whole thing goes on around me," team co-captain, Andrew Gowan, said.

The team, consisting of all home schooled students, has made and donated more than 700 face shields and ear protectors so far.
The project started with Gowan, who first used his printer at home to create the shields.

"We started donating them and as we started getting more orders we reached out to other members of the team and asked for help fulfilling the orders," Gowan said.

Collectively, they had 3 printers to start with. Four members, including Gowan, have bought new printers to help with the operation.

They're using all seven printers to create PPE for grocery store employees, with a big portion going to social workers.

"They still have to do their jobs, even make house calls, and go out in to the community and they had absolutely no protection," Gowan said.

According to Gowan, the team plans to keep making PPE for as long as the can. However, they are in need of donations to keep buying materials for the printers.

Anyone who would like to donate can do so here.

If you're interested in buying their PPE, click here.