Combined efforts from WNY STEM Hub and St. Bonaventure University are producing 3D printed shields. Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, Professor of Biology & Director of Biochemistry Program at St. Bonaventure started this initiative as community members and volunteers.

The WNY STEM Hub Satellite Center at St. Bonaventure University is working with its resources to manufacture reusable face shields that protect eyes, nose, and mouth at once. These face shields are 3D printed and an alternative to cloth masks and goggles. To reuse, spray the face shield with rubbing alcohol to sanitize after use. Help protect your community.

As of the beginning of May, the SBU STEM Hub team, Shield Warriors, have made and donated over 700 face shields to medical facilities, nursing homes, grocery stores, and other service organizations:

  • Medical facilities: Bradford Hospital, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital (Springville), Mildred Milliman Radiation Medicine Center in Olean, Dr. Daugherty’s Dental Office in Olean, VNAs in Catt & Allegany Counties, Kaleida.
  • Nursing Homes: Sena Keane (PA), Bradford Ecumenical Home (PA), Chapel Rige (PA), Smethport (PA), Jennie B (Springville).
  • Grocery Stores: Park n’ Shop, Reid Food Barn, Walmart.
  • Other services: Olean Social Services, Intandem, Valley Tire Pros, Dunn Tire, McKean County Emergency Services, Eldred Township Fire Department, YMCA@Franklin, PA (to use when they reopen).

Shield Warrior is accepting requests for face masks in need.  Please contact us for more information. Shield Warrior members are: William Bechdel, Mark Davidson, James Hilyer, Joshua McGraw, James Miller and Xiao-Ning Zhang.

If you wish to donate to help support material costs (filaments and transparencies), please visit or  Your donations will go toward supply purchases quickly! – Thank you for your consideration!


Cattaraugus County agencies – if there are urgent needs for a large number of shields, please contact Cattaraugus County Emergency Services immediately; call 716-938-2244.

Any parent, community maker or school undertaking a project to make PPEs: iDESIGN Solutions has volunteered to provide guidance. Contact Scott Read, WNY STEM Career Exploration Director and iDESIGN Sales Support Manager, at 877-730-4770 ext. 222.

In addition, Salamanca City School District has also been printing face shields and N95 masks to donate to first responders. To read more about Salamanca’s efforts and program details, please visit:

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3D Printed Face Shields Available through Bonaventure STEM Satellite