ARISE Adaptive Design Responds to COVID Caregiver Needs

Tracy Fleming ,AAD's Fabricator

Tracy Fleming ,AAD’s Fabricator

It is no secret the outbreak of coronavirus is causing shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). These shortages spurred ARISE Adaptive Design (AAD) to action.

AAD’s fabricator Tracy Fleming could not watch as lives were put in danger. Fleming needed a face shield design that could be economically created using 3-D printers. After coming up with a workable plan, he started a GoFundMe Page. There was an outpouring of support from the community. The page raised $1,500 within a few days. With the monies collected, he bought resources to build the face shields.

With help from teams in Oswego and Cayuga counties, it was time to start fabricating. 700 face shields have been distributed so far to hospitals, nursing homes and emergency responders. In Onondaga County, 100 shields were distributed to the Syracuse Police Department. For now, the need for the face shields for emergency responders in Central New York is nearly met.

ARISE Adaptive Design is willing to help other counties or organizations that may still be in need. To request face shields please contact AAD’s program coordinator Connor McGough at

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