NDSU is Fighting COVID-19 with 3D Masks

Emily Elizabeth
Mar 30, 2020 · 2 min read

Adam Elznic, emerging technologies coordinator at NDSU, runs the 3D printing labs at the university. Recently, he realized that he had all of this technology at his hands and he knew he could use it to help somehow.

“Moral was low and it kind of felt like a one man band. I wanted to be a part of something bigger.” — Adam Elznic

With the recent university updates, Adam knew that there wouldn’t be students coming back for the semester which meant that this technology wouldn’t be used. He soon realized that he could use this technology to help in some way and soon started using the 3D printers to make masks and kits to help supply the nearby hospitals.

“It takes eight and a half hours to create one face shield.” — Adam Elznic

Adam doesn’t stop there though because he continues to keep downloading newer versions to help make the process more efficient. He shared with me that it takes him about 20 minutes to sew one face mask!

“I just wanted to do something positive” — Adam Elznic

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