As a data engineer, Coty Pastene solves problems. So when her wife, Katie Pastene, a nurse practitioner at a Rochester hospital, shared her worries about dwindling supplies of the masks that health care workers wear to guard against coronavirus exposure, Pastene sought a way to help.
She found one in 3D printing. Like many people across the country, once she learned that 3D printers could be used to make face shields for health care workers, she set out to start making them. Pastene is also marshaling owners of the devices to join in the effort, and her campaign is gaining steam.