A GIS Center 3D printer creates a face shield frame.

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has announced that public postsecondary institutions across the state would be utilizing existing 3D printers to mitigate the potential risk of medical supply shortages for Tennesseans.

“In unprecedented times, Tennessee higher education is united in doing our part to support the state’s brave health care professionals,” said THEC Executive Director Mike Krause said. “Our colleges and universities have always been incubators for innovation, and this is a perfect example of the ingenuity and dedication of that work. The credit for this incredible effort goes to the leaders of the colleges, universities and systems, our faculty who have worked tirelessly this weekend, and community volunteers who have also stepped up.”

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