Mon. Dec 11th, 2023

Local man brings community together in a time of need

CLOVIS (KSMX)- JFK once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” Well, one local man has asked just that of the community for the high plains of Eastern New Mexico.

Eric Collings, owner of Zip Print and Designs, took “a sledgehammer approach” to help meet the needs of healthcare professionals and citizens in the community and surrounding areas by using his resources to create medical equipment. With access to a 3D printer, Collings has created surgical mask straps for those needing to take extra precautions in their line of work or for health reasons.

However, the demand for the surgical mask straps has far outpaced his ability to produce them. As of right now, Collings has a growing order of 260 orders for these straps but can only produce 1 every 16 minutes with the printer that he has now.

So he has now taken to his community to ask, “what can you do for your community?”

After twenty hours of creating a GoFundMe Account, Collings reported that out of the $2,300 needed for a new 3D printer that can help meet demands, $1,565 dollars have already been raised.

“During these times, the first question should always be what can I do to give back? I had the means to start this project so I didn’t even hesitate. I won’t be keeping this printer after the slow of the pandemic so I’m not asking for the community to help crowdfund me for my own personal needs. I just believe if there is something/anything that can be done, why wouldn’t we do it?”

Collings has stated that after the COVID-19 pandemic and has met the needs of our healthcare workers, he will be donating the 3d printer to the Clovis Carver Library to continue to serve the public.

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