Library Uses 3D Printers to Construct, Donate Face Shields

Ultimaker 3D printer

Following a design template approved by the NIH for use in clinical settings, the Greenwich Library Innovation Lab staff used the Library’s two Ultimaker 3D printers to print and assemble 90 face shields.

Greenwich Library donated the 90 face shields to Covid Maker Response, a group founded by Columbia University Libraries, Tangible Creative and MakerBot. They delivered the shields to the 92nd Street Y, where they were distributed to hospitals citywide.

Assembled face shields

“The Greenwich Library Innovation Lab is committed to using the latest technology to serve the community,” said Vanessa Harrington, the Library’s Innovation Lab Coordinator. “We were thrilled to be able to put the Library’s 3D printers to good use, for a good cause, during such a challenging time. This project also highlights how you can make all kinds of incredible things using one of the Library’s 3D printers.”

Currently, the Library is offering a “Virtual – Intro to 3D Printing” workshop on Thursday, July 9, and also on Wednesday, Aug. 5, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Sign up to learn where to find free 3D printable designs and how to use a 3D printer to prepare and print a model.

Those interested in expanding their knowledge of 3D printing and turning their ideas into reality can register for a virtual webinar titled “Prototype Your Ideas Using 3D Tech,” taking place on Wednesday, July 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Join in this workshop to learn best practices for developing your own prototype using 3D modeling, 3D printing, and essential online resources to help make it all happen. Registration for both Virtual 3D webinars is available through the Library’s online calendar.

For more information about the Library’s 3D printer and 3D printing webinars, contact Training Center staff at, call 203-625-6508, or visit

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