Texas Torque team provides PPE for local hospitals

3D printer at work in Lauren Hamel’s home

Recently retired CISD Robotics instructional coach Scott Rippetoe reached out to the local medical community when he saw a need for personal protective wear during the COVID-19 outbreak.  They’ve had coverage on local tv for their efforts


In an email blast to the Texas Torque team (students, parents and mentors), Rippetoe asked for help 3D printing and assembling the masks to prepare them for delivery to Conroe Regional Medical Center.  TWHS teacher Lauren Hamel has a 3D printer at home, and has been printing around the clock since last Friday.

“Each visor takes about four hours to print,” Hamel said.  She bought the printer for home use about two months ago.  She has printed about 15 so far.

The masks were designed by Rippetoe and are on the third modification, as improvements were developed.

Each mask costs about $2.50 to produce.  Visit texastorque.org to make a donation toward materials.

Lauren Hamel
Shield components printed at home by Lauren Hamel