Planetarium Cranks Out Face Shields For First-Responders

Face Shields Made 3-D Printer
Photo credit A face shield printed by 3-D printer, similar to ones made at Chicago's Adler Planetarium. (Prusa Printers)

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Like so many other places, the Adler Planetarium is closed to visitors for awhile.

But inside, they’re busy in the fight against coronavirus.

Normally, the 3-D printers at the Adler Planetarium would be making prototypes to help educate students about things like light pollution.

But in the past couple of weeks, Adler spokesperson Jennifer Howell says the printers have been re-tooled to make personal protective equipment -- face shields for first-responders.

“We have two 3-D printers that are printing right now as we speak, actually. And we should be able to make about 40 masks a day.”

Howell says those face shields are going to first-responders on the South and West sides.

She says the Adler is also letting researchers use the planetarium’s computer servers to help construct models of the COVID-19 proteins,  to help develop a vaccine.