BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — George Simonoff is the owner of Android's 3D printing services located in the heart of Bakersfield.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, he's been trying to find ways to help the community.
Now, he has partnered with CSUB and three other manufacturers to produce materials to create shield masks.
"CSUB is cutting out the shields along with Scott's Fabrication, Android's 3D and RekMax3D which are printing these different portions," said Simonoff. "Then they go to CSUB where the assemble it there and distribute it to healthcare professionals."
Working alongside Simonoff is his apprentice and high school senior Andrew Bransby.
Between the two of them, they say they can make 60 masks in one day, but have a much larger goal.
"The goal is we are going to try to hit 2000 and there is more material coming tomorrow," Simonoff said.
Now, they are asking individuals in the community who own 3D printers to join the fight and help them create the needed masks.
"We have a Facebook group set up called Bakersfield CA-3D ALLIANCE," Simonoff said. "There people can sign up if they have 3D printers or have the ability to cut sheeting like this and they can contact us there."
Android's 3D says the masks are free of charge for essential workers and couldn't imagine charging those risking their lives.
Also, they are selling their $5 keychain No Touch Tools, which can be used to open doors without ever touching the handle.
" [To] all of the 3D printing community everyone needs to do their part and make these face shields, protect our doctors, and squash the coronavirus," said Bransby.
If you would like to get more information and become involved with 3D printing and help essential workers in our community follow this link.