The Chester County Technical College High School (TCHS) is committed to supporting all
members of the communities that it serves, including those in the Owen J. Roberts School
District. This spring, TCHS rallied to support first responders in their fight against coronavirus
(COVID-19). To help front-line healthcare professionals protect themselves against COVID-19,
TCHS donated and distributed masks, gowns, gloves and cleaning supplies to the Chester
County Department of Emergency Services, Chester County Hospital and the Malvern Fire
In addition to donating personal protective equipment, TCHS Pickering Campus instructor
Charles Sanders, who teaches both the Electromechanical Engineering Technology and the
Precision CNC Machining programs, found a way to give back while helping his students
continue their education by supporting first responders and healthcare professionals.
An issue many first responders and healthcare professionals are experiencing is the discomfort of face mask straps. In response, Sanders decided to convert space in his home to utilize an Ender 3 Pro 3D printer to construct “ear savers,” which is a plastic band that attaches to face masks and loops around the back of the neck to relieve pressure on the ears. In addition, Sanders has been using a programmable laser cutter to produce masks, which he has been donating, along with the ear savers, to first responders and healthcare professionals.
Sanders has been and will continue to work with his students, including those from Owen J.
Roberts High School, to find ways to make the process more efficient. “Students in both my
engineering and CNC machining programs spend time learning about 3D printing. This was an
opportunity for me to show them how knowledge can be used to help people and make a
difference, especially during uncertain times when innovation and creativity are essential,” saidSanders.