Oklahoma State University Students Putting In OT Producing PPE

Wednesday, May 6th 2020, 6:16 pm


The Endeavor lab looks more like a room to equip James Bond than a place for undergraduate studies.

For the past 50 days, the high-tech OSU lab has been producing personal protective equipment (PPE) like clockwork, and the idea came from a student.

“I saw other people doing it online in another country and I was like, ‘hey, I can do that, we can do that," said Killian Bussey, a senior electrical engineering technology major. 

"That" refers to using an army of 3D printers to whip up PPE like Eskimo Joe’s does cheese fries. To date, the 7 student and 1 faculty member team has produced around 2,500 Pete shields, as they call them, and cut 20,000 face shields, with a lot more on the way.

“The other day we got an order in for 50,000, the plastic part of our shields, and I was like, that’s a lot," said Bussey.

Stillwater Medical Center, the police department, and communities from Tulsa to Guymon have received PPE from Endeavor.

Lab coordinator Wendy Hall credits her hardworking students, who are in there 5 days a week even now with exams, as well as the OSU community as a whole.

"It was a campus wide event. I am just amazed at the openness, the open arms, the open hearts that are on this campus," said Hall.

Hall said they’ve started to wind down production a little bit, and they’re still deciding if they’re going to continue to produce PPE into the summer months.


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