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    NLPS Painter donates hundreds of PPE face shields

    Eric Beirnes’ 3D printing hobby has brought him to the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Beirnes, a painter with Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, purchased a 3D printer to build spare parts for his drones. He now owns 10 printers, designs and prints a variety of items and is a page administrator for one of Facebook’s largest online 3D printing communities.

    Recently, Beirnes was asked if he could 3D print and create PPE face shields which are in high demand but difficult to find. Within hours Beirnes had redesigned a 3D mold he found online and started printing.

    So far he has created 250 masks with hundreds more on the way. He has donated the masks to local seniors’ care homes, medical clinics and is in talks to supply them to the hospital.

    In photo: Eric’s son, Jesse, models a completed face shield