By Cate McQuaid on May 5, 2020



When COVID-19 was looming, Mike Shia knew he couldn’t just sit at home.

Shia, a retired Microsoft Philanthropies program manager, is a member of Artisan’s Asylum, a nonprofit community fabrication center in Somerville with nearly 500 members and 14 shops that offer facilities in 3-D printing, robotics, metals, jewelry, woodworking, and more. Members are artists, designers, builders, artisans — makers who love a challenge.

“A couple of us got together and said we needed to do something,” he said last week. “I have a son who’s a nurse, and I want to provide him with the best possible material.”


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