Departments across UC Irvine design, build face shields for medical staff in Orange

UC Irvine medical students assemble and package face shields produced with 3-D printers and laser cutters at the UCI Beall Applied Innovation Cove in Irvine on Tuesday. The 5,000 face shields will go to UCI Medical Center in Orange. (Kevin Chang)

As medical providers and hospital administrations grow increasingly desperate for personal protective equipment, the UCI Medical Center in Orange is receiving a shipment of 5,000 face shields from an unlikely source — the very medical students it works to educate.