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3-D Printer COVID-19 Student Project

This page will be used to highlight the current efforts of our CTE students using 3-D printers to create parts for face masks/shields used by medical professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.


How to Help:

Financial Donations:

If you'd like to support this project with a financial donation, please send a check to Capistrano Unified School District, Attn: Philippa Townsend, 33122 Valle Rd, San Juan Capistrano, 92675. Be sure to write 'CAPO CARES' in the memo field.

Collection/Distribution days:

The district is holding weekly collections from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the upper parking lot at Capistrano Valley High School, 26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo, CA 92692.  From there, the parts are delivered to MatterHackers to be fitted with plastic shields, sanitized, and distributed to medical professionals.

Capo Cares Medical Face Shield 3D Print Project

A message from Kyle Vallone, a junior at Tesoro High School: 
As part of CUSD/CCA’s Operation CAPO CARES, I'm contributing to MatterHackers’ COVID-19 Maker Response initiative, which is working to provide doctors and other medical professionals with free 3D-printed face shields. These shields are made from just a 3D-printed headband and a laser-cut or handmade plastic shield (many made from common school/office supplies, such as transparency sheets, report covers, or laminator pouches). Due to the millions of shield and mask shortages in areas across the nation and world, these shields provide a tested and proven way to provide our healthcare workers with a second level of defense against COVID-19 by shielding their entire face from airborne droplets containing the virus. The design we are printing is even clinically approved by the National Institute of Health!

We’re reaching out to our CUSD family to help make a larger impact. If you have a 3D printer, it’s simple to contribute – just PRINT the shield headband and drop it off at one of our Wednesday collection days at Capistrano Valley High School between noon and 2 p.m. We’ll take care of the rest and drop-off all the parts at MatterHackers for assembly. Our first collection day is Wednesday, April 8th and they will be taking place weekly. The files for printing can be obtained from MatterHackers

Recommended print settings are also on that page and are quite comprehensive. We’ll also upload the file to our Google Classroom, which you can be added to by filling out our interest survey for this initiative below. However, for good bed adhesion and to prevent warping, you may want to add a brim to your print. In addition, though it is not required, some infill may be helpful in ensuring that the top layers print without complications like sagging.

I hope that if you have a 3D-printer at home, you’ll consider contributing to this great initiative! If you don’t have a personal 3D-printer, but have experience and want to help, we may be able to let you borrow one of CCA’s 3D-printers to use at home while we work to support this initiative. If you’d like to help, please fill out this Google Form (you’ll need to be on a CUSD account to access it).

If you’ve already been printing the Prusa design for Operation Shields Up that was mentioned in an earlier email, we can still collect those at our collection days and ship them to the right place. Moving forward, however, we’d like to transition to the new design linked above because it is less resource-intensive in both the assembly and production process and we can easily send them to MatterHackers.

Thank you,

Kyle Vallone.

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