Dedicating himself to his country and community, Shippensburg University ROTC Cadet William Lamont is making the most of his time in quarantine by manufacturing 3D printed face shields for health care workers and first responders.

As a graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School and now supply chain management major at Ship, Lamont always has been committed to his community. He worked as a Motor Transport Operator for the PA Army National Guard in 2017, and enrolled in the ROTC program at Shippensburg in 2018 to enhance his leadership abilities.

“The National Guard and ROTC embody the idea of community service. Ever since I was young, I was raised around community involvement and even earned the rank of Eagle Scout in my scouting career. All my life, whenever I noticed any part of my community in need, I stepped up to help out and serve.”

In the wake of COVID-19, Lamont’s service mentality motivated him to help organizations who were running out of protective equipment. Since mid-March, he has used his own 3D printer to manufacture over 300 face shields.

Lamont received the 3D printer as a Christmas gift a few years ago and has been increasing his knowledge and skills ever since. He found the 3D files online to print the shields and immediately went to work. Tons of orders continued to pour in.

He sought the help of the Phoenixville Area COVID-19 Makers to fulfill his orders within a reasonable time frame. “I reached out to them and they were able to fulfill my order within days.”

Lamont officially joined the group to produce more face shields at no cost to the users. Together, they have supplied over 8,000 3D printed face shields, 4,000 cloth masks, and 1,500 ear savers for healthcare workers and first responders.

When normal supply chains became overwhelmed with providing enough protective equipment, Lamont immediately acted to fill this need and serve those on the front lines.