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ACS and TinkRworks Provide First Responders with PPE

Tuesday, June 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachel Bucek
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Due to an increased need for protective equipment, The Avery Coonley School has joined with TinkRworks to provide equipment for first responders and medical professionals across the state of Illinois during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support their community during this time, The Avery Coonley School and TinkRworks are utilizing their 3D printers and laser cutters to create face shields for those who need them most.


The partnership between The Avery Coonley School and TinkRworks began more than two years ago when they collaborated to create the first Makerspace at The Avery Coonley School. This partnership has now transformed from supporting curriculum and instruction to supporting the community in its time of need due to COVID-19.


At this time, the school’s makerspace has been transformed into a makeshift workshop for PPE equipment. The room is currently being used to fabricate face shields for first responders and medical professionals. Through their collaboration, ACS, TinkRworks, and Brookfield District 95 have been able to create around 60-65 face shields a day. The school’s 3D printers are used to fabricate head bands and a chin support, then a laser cutter is used to cut overhead transparencies.


Once assembled, these face shields have been distributed to those keeping us safe on the front lines. First responders at the Aurora Fire Department, Brookfield Police Department and Fire Department, La Grange Park Police Department and Fire Department, Riverside Police Department and Fire Department have all received these face shields. They have also been distributed to medical professionals including respiratory therapists, and will be delivered to Hines VA, Loyola Hospital, and The Chicago Fire Department.


Since production began, TinkRworks has donated more than 300 face shields for first responders and medical professionals. TinkRworks CEO Anu Mahajan and his team are working hard to create safe and well-made PPE equipment that will continue to be delivered to our first responders as quickly as possible as they fight against COVID-19.


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