Stratasys responds to Covid-19 pandemic

Production on large scale of 3D-printed personal protection equipment

Technology - Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Stratasys announced a global mobilization of the company’s 3D printing resources and expertise to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, spanning its Stratasys, GrabCAD, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions. The initial focus is on providing thousands of disposable face shields for use by medical personnel.

 

In the United States, Stratasys produced 5,000 face shields by March 27, at no cost to the recipients. This includes both a 3D-printed frame and a clear plastic shield that covers the entire face. The company will have the ability to scale to an even faster rate of production.

 

Any 3D printing shop that wishes to help print plastic frames, can fill out an online form to be invited to join the effort. The company has also posted the full face shield printing and assembly instructions on its Covid-19 response page.

 

One of the world’s top hospitals has told Stratasys they use 1,530 disposable face shields every week even without the surge created by Covid-19. Stratasys has scores of professional 3D printers available to apply to the challenge of producing shields at scale, particularly across its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing facilities, which are based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in and around Austin, Texas, and Valencia, California. A number of other large manufacturers and educational institutions with production grade 3D printers have donated their capacity to help. These include Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Queensborough Community College in New York City, and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah.


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