Wichita State works with WPD to produce face shields (video)

April 16, 2020

 A relationship that started with friendship and drones is now helping produce face shields for first responders, a critical piece of equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an emergency situation, but we’ve been doing projects with WPD for (almost) three years now,” said Nathan Smith, Project Innovation Hub manager for Wichita State University’s College of Engineering. “The existing relationship was exactly why I was able to be contacted so quickly.”

On Thursday, Sergeant Teddy Wisely of the Wichita Police Department and Smith delivered around 30 reusable face shields to the WPD. Wisely, on his gofundme.com page, calls the work a “Community Effort to tackle a Community Problem.”

Wichita State University's College of Engineering, GoCreate and the Wichita Police Department are collaborating on 3D printing to produce face shields.