Mount Olive High School’s makerspace helped create more than 15,000 protective visors for use by medical personnel in New Jersey and New York.

The first batch of 300 visors was delivered in early April to Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Saint Clare's Dover Hospital, and Newton Medical Center. The visors were composed of clear plastic sheets attached to 3D-printed headbands that were made on the 24 3D printers at MOHS.

Because of the increasing demand, the makerspace switched to a simpler design that allowed visors to be made in much less time – about two minutes per unit. These visors, made in collaboration with Warren Hills Regional High School, did not require any 3D printing and were made by laser-cutting plastic sheeting and then attaching elastic headbands. The 15,000 simplified shields were delivered on April 11.

MOHS and Warren Hills together raised more than $36,000 in donations to support the effort. 

In addition to local hospitals, the visors were be distributed to police departments, area first-responders, food pantries, nursing homes, the New Jersey State Police, and the Warren County Office of Emergency Management.

Dave Bodmer, industrial engineering teacher at MOHS,coordinated the makerspace activities and worked with officials from New York University, Montclair University, Picatinny Arsenal, Newton Medical Center, and University Hospital. MOHS alumnus Matt Dunster, a mentor in the school’s Marine Advanced Technology Education club, assisted with manufacturing and shipping.

Staff members from Hackettstown Regional Medical Center wear visors created at Mount Olive High School

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