BANGOR – Staff at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine are ready to take off on a new expedition, making face masks.
Staff at the center will be running more than 30 3D printers to create visors for masks worn by healthcare workers.
Jennifer Therrien, education director and center coordinator, said the goal is to extend the lives of the masks.
The printers were donated to them by organizations and local schools across Brewer, Bucksport, Ellsworth and Orono.
“We’re figuring out this way to take these 3D printers, which we are part of that network across the state of people who have them,” Therrien said.
“You know, to try to think of how to make best use of our facility so we can help our local health workers,” she said.
Therrien said the project is in the early stages. Healthcare workers from St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor have been testing and making suggestions to refine the design.
Once the design has been tested and proven successful, Challenger Learning Center of Maine staff members will make the build print available to the many other people and schools who have shown interest in joining the project.