However, there are now shortages of face shields, as well, according to hospital staff such as Linda Dickey, senior director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health. Hospitals, universities, and other centers of research are looking into ways to produce face shields at a massive scale. … Jesse Colin Jackson, an assistant professor at University of California Irvine who is making face shields for UCI Health, is also using laser cutters. Until these mass-production operations ramp up or factory manufacturing catches up, hospitals are still left with a shortage. That’s where 3D printing comes in.