Pittsburgh Couple Joins Fight Against Covid-19 With New Hobby

Wendy Bell
April 08, 2020 - 6:37 pm
Infinite Labs

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - When Joe Dornetta and his wife, Kaitlin, bought a 3D printer a few months ago, they were planning to tinker with the new technology and have a little fun. 

But then, a doctor friend of Joe's sent him a program to make the frame of the plastic face shields used by medical professionals over their N-95 masks. Joe and Kaitlin decided to get busy.

"It took off from there and it's been crazy!" Joe tells me.

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Soon, what became the couple's one 3D printer grew to five, then nine, then a dozen. 

"CCAC - their math department - let us borrow one, and we're as busy as ever."

It takes about 90 minutes for the Dornettas to make a single mask frame on a single printer. They're currently making 120 frames a day, and friends are pitching in, using their own printers to help the mission.

The masks are then sent to medical professionals. arriving flat, designed to be heated and formed to the wearer's face. The face shield is meant to be worn atop the N-95 mask, covering the entire face for an additional layer of protection.

The Dornettas are making and delivering the frames for free, but they've set up donations on their Facebook page to help with the costs of printers and materials.

Go to their Facebook page to learn more.

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