3T and EOS 3D print 100,000+ face shields for frontline UK healthcare staff
Published: 22 April 2020 - Rachael Morling
AM company, 3T-am is utilising EOS’ global partner ecosystem to 3D print face shield headbands for frontline health workers in the UK. 3T is now producing 20,000 headbands per week, and will exceed 100,000 within the next few weeks.
The company is working directly with NHS trusts across the UK, as well as various medical distribution companies to supply the face shields. It also provided the CAD for free, available to download from 3T’s website.
Daniel France, chief commercial officer at 3T: “We’ve already seen countless examples of how 3D printing is helping people stay protected and fight the virus globally. It was of paramount importance for us, as a business, to play a role in this, and that’s why we are manufacturing these for as low a cost as we can.
“Working closely with our partners, we’ve been able to produce tens of thousands of parts using EOS’ powder-based 3D printing technology, which ensures frontline health workers are protected. The demand is far greater than one company can provide, but we will continue to do as much as we can to add to the supply.”
This coincides with EOS, as 3D printing technology supplier, launching an online platform to support the fight against COVID-19, bringing together the wider-3D printing community. The aim of the 3DAgainstCorona hub and its corresponding LinkedIn group is to share knowledge, data and downloadable files that could be used to combat the virus. The site will be updated on a regular basis.
Markus Glasser, senior vice president EMEA at EOS: “Improving lives through 3D printing has always been our aspiration. The current pandemic now calls for a joint approach, more than ever before. Today, we are asking all supporters to join us in tackling the challenges that lay ahead. Let’s continue to think differently and push the boundaries of what is possible. We are extremely proud to work alongside so many brilliant minds inside and outside of EOS who are developing and delivering critical solutions for those in need.”