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UGDSB increases production of 3D printed face shields

UPDATED April 6, 2020

GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board has continued their manufacturing of 3D printed PPE face shields and to date have donated over 1,000 face shields to the medical community.

In the last week, the total production and delivered product has exceeded 200 per day. The UGDSB will continue to support the community as long as the need for PPEs still exist.

Ministry programs such as Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) have allowed the board to invest in the equipment needed to produce these face shields.

Thank you to the team of dedicated staff members who are working hard to make these shields:

Breanne Williamson – UGDSB Support Staff
Charles Benyair – UGDSB SHSM and Technological Education Lead
Chris Priester – Centre Wellington DHS
Frances Norlen – UGDSB Resource Teacher
Jason Boyce – V.P. Minto-Clifford PS
Justin Novikow – Minto-Clifford PS
Leonard Guchardi – Centre Dufferin DHS
Michelle Brady – John F Ross CVI
Monique Van Item -Terry James Learning Centre
Ruth Tanner – Centennial CVI
Scott Harris – College Heights Secondary School
Tim Neal – Orangeville DSS

According to the team, “the success of ‘Op Shield’ has many layers of success and is an excellent example of a team-oriented approach to support the community. The team concentrates on, production, design, distribution, community outreach and the delivery of shields. Each member has their individual role(s) but also supports the overall team effort and approach. It is an amazing team and we will only get better and build on this success moving forward.”

Great job! ​


March 30, 2020

GUELPH, Ontario – The Upper Grand District School Board has continued participating in the community-wide effort to produce much needed medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, after hearing about the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospitals and frontline health care workers in Ontario, the UGDSB partnered with Kitchener’s InkSmith to help produce components for PPE face shields.

Since last week, the UGDSB has had several 3D printers from a number of UGDSB sites working overtime to produce PPE face shield parts.

Since this partnership started, the UGDSB is now able to produce the entire PPE face shield in-house and has created a distribution system of board staff and volunteers. The clear face shield parts have been ordered by the UGDSB from a third party.

In recent days, the board has been able to increase production to more than 200 PPE face shields daily with eleven 3D printers being used by UGDSB staff.

Community partners who are receiving these face shields include Guelph General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, St. Mary’s General Hospital, The Village of Riverside Glen Retirement Community, and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.

Feedback received from the UGDSB community has been positive and our partners have been grateful for the assistance. ​

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