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Sycamore's Stewart Family Chiropractic manufacturing face shields with 3-D printer

Dr. Nathan Stewart is using the 3-D printer at his chiropractic office, Stewart Family Chiropractic, 2676 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore, to make face shields. One of the 3-D printed headbands, shown before being cut into individual pieces, is connected to 8 mm clear binding sheet to create a face shield that is about 9 by 11 inches.
Dr. Nathan Stewart is using the 3-D printer at his chiropractic office, Stewart Family Chiropractic, 2676 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore, to make face shields. One of the 3-D printed headbands, shown before being cut into individual pieces, is connected to 8 mm clear binding sheet to create a face shield that is about 9 by 11 inches.

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SYCAMORE – Usually Dr. Nathan Stewart uses a 3-D printer to make items for his chiropractic office, Stewart Family Chiropractic, 2676 DeKalb Ave. in Sycamore. One of his most unusual creations has been a ukulele.

Since last week, Stewart and his office staff have been using his 3-D printer to make face shields for essential workers, having the ability to make 60 to 80 each day. The 3-D printer makes the headband needed to hold the 8 mm clear binding sheet. Each face shield is approximately 9 by 11 inches.

“I’ve made about 200 face shields so far and have given out between 125 and 150,” Stewart said. “There’s a huge need, especially in the medical field. Nurses, elder care facilities, doctors, everyone has been asking about them.”

Stewart is donating the face shields to anyone in need, but asks for a donation if possible to help purchase the materials needed to continue making more.

“I had the 3-D printer and wanted to put the machine to good use,” he said. “I will give the face shields to whoever would like them. I saw that there was a great need for [face shields], and I wanted to help out and give back to the community.”

For more information about the face shields or to make a donation, email stewartchiro@yahoo.com or call 815-571-0917.

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