Schools boost demand for face shields designed by UW engineers

A team of UW-Madison engineers and local manufacturers is working together again to improve PPE options for health care workers.

But their new face shield is also in high demand with schools across the country as they get ready to reopen.

In March, the engineers at UW designed the Badger Shield, a face shield to protect frontline workers at local hospitals. They partnered with Midwest Prototyping to manufacture the shields and shared the design online.

Soon, the shields were being made around the world.

“We don’t know how many for sure but you know it’s in many multiple millions of face shields that were made, kind of off of that Badger Shield effort,” said Lennon Rodgers, an engineer at UW-Madison and director of the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab.

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