One Southwest Florida student is fulfilling the need for personal protective equipment within our community by using a little bit of knowledge from his college career.
Florida Gulf Coast University student Scott Presbrey has made it his mission to protect those helping people with COVID-19 by printing away the shortage of equipment.
“I’m fulfilling what’s become a passion of mine. This is what I wanna do, I want to design and manufacture medical devices and this is part of the process. It’s fulfilling, it’s very for fulfilling. I get a lot of satisfaction out of this,” he said.
The bioengineering student is using 3D printers to create face shields for frontline workers.
“My father is a health care provider here in Lee County and I was talking to him about the shortage of PPE. I asked him how is Lee Health doing, how are our local healthcare workers doing with PPE? I know there’s a national shortage. He said, you know they’re not doing well, so I figured, why not print one out and try it out?”
Presbrey has already made and donated 350 shields, which are reusable.
“I’m certainly going to do my best to make a difference and donate what I can. What I can donate definitely is some of my time, some of my resources, but definitely my machines in my production capacity.”
Presbrey’s donations include a stack of visors, a stack of transparent sheets and directions on how to sanitize the shields properly.
His goal is to produce 125 to 150 in a day.
“It’s essential that they have the protection that they need,” he said.