The Nucor Detailing Center is proud to be a part of a charitable, engaged community. We are fortunate to collaborate with five local school districts in the Northeast Nebraska Creation Station program that was created with funding from the Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative. Amazing educators in Madison, Stanton, Pierce, Battle Creek and Norfolk are using laser cutters, embroidery machines, CNC machines, vinyl cutters and 3D printers to introduce manufacturing and IT careers to junior high students.
As the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, our school partners have banded together to help solve potential shortages in protective equipment for local health care workers. The schools consolidated their thirteen 3D printers in one location to create a 3D printing fab-lab. Not only have the schools donated materials to this effort, their teachers are lining up to donate their time. Nucor teammates and students for Northeast Community College are using their drafting skills to modify existing models to meet the needs of our local hospital, Faith Regional Health Services. This consortium is working together to manufacture 1,000 face shield units with 10,000 replaceable shields. This is a wonderful example of educators, industry, government and a community coming together to take action in a difficult time.
3D printers from Makergear, an American company based in Beachwood, Ohio, power the fab-lab. Their machines have an industry reputation for durability and quality, but their people are what define Makergear. They are quietly running dozens of Makergear machines at their facility creating PPE for use in their own community. The Northeast Nebraska Creation Station program would like to acknowledge our amazing partnership with Makergear and thank them for their support.