IACMI Supports Production of 50,000 Face Shields for University of Tennessee Students, Faculty and Staff

September 14 2020

"Multiple university and community partners worked together in a short amount of time to bring 50,000 face shields from conception to distribution," said UT Chancellor Donde Plowman. "The shields have been made available throughout campus since students, faculty and staff returned to campus as one more level of protection in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19."

The face shield, called UT Shield, is a unique design by Maged Guerguis, assistant professor of Architecture and McCarty Holsaple McCarty Endowed Professor at UT's College of Architecture and Design. Guerguis is also the director of Soft Boundaries a multidisciplinary research laboratory investigating the intersections of architecture, engineering and science.

Vaidya said, noting that even the fastest 3D printer would take up to 30 minutes to produce a single shield headband. "With solid fiscal and administrative backing from the UT chancellor's office, our team focused on materials and processing and used our know-how for injection molding to design tooling. IACMI's investments and assets came into play in a major way in production of the shields."

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