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3D printing helps essential workers face COVID-19

Written by  Sunday, 26 April 2020 08:47
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3D printer at EAC printing components for face shields

Knowledge and 3D printers at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany are being put to work in the fight against COVID-19 as part of a joint initiative to keep essential workers safe.

One stack of EAC 3D printed parts for face shields in bags ready for delivery
One stack of EAC 3D printed parts for face shields in bags ready for delivery

“While technically we could have produced the entire face shield, we did not have the hardware and materials ready for efficient production of the visor. Taking this on would have required a more time-intensive set-up and delayed production,” Timon adds. “Working with MakerVsVirus allows us to focus on the parts we are well equipped to produce, while having a single point of contact for distribution”.

Once printed, the holders are carefully placed in sealable plastic bags and delivered to a local collection point where all components are assembled before the face shields are distributed to hospitals in need.

The first batch of 50 holder elements have already been delivered and the team plans to continue, as long as printing materials are available, until the acute need has passed.

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