In late March — right after COVID-19 struck — there was a shortage of masks and personal protective gear for first responders.
The Westport Library collaborated with partner MakerSpaces in the region — Fairfield County Makers Guild in Norwalk; Make Haven in New Haven; Danbury Hacker Space — to develop face shields for medical workers in hospitals.
Westport’s effort was led by Mike Altis. He’s worked part-time in the MakerSpace since its inception 8 years ago.
Each Maker Space printed separate pieces of the face shields. Mike was responsible for printing the headband pieces on the library’s 2 best 3D printers, along with other critical connective pieces.
So far, the team of MakerSpaces has distributed 310 face shields and masks. The primary beneficiary is medical personnel at Norwalk Hospital.
“Mike really is an unsung hero,” says Westport Library executive director Bill Harmer.
“He’s never once bragged about his role in this effort, or called attention to himself. He’s a role model for others. He is dependable, professional, and puts service above self. He makes things happen. I’m proud to have him on my staff.”
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