A made-in-Ontario contribution to meeting ongoing demand for personal protective equipment during the pandemic was launched today in North Bay, Ontario. The ProtectON face shield is reusable and durable and has been designed, tested, and produced in Canada.
When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Javelin’s professional services team, led by Conner Janeteas, wanted to use their design expertise and 3D printing capabilities in the fight against the pandemic.
The goal was to address the urgent need for locally produced PPE in a time when supplies were dangerously low and raw materials and finished products were nearly impossible to source.
The team also felt strongly about protecting the environment and ensuring long-term sustainability by designing a reusable face shield that could be disinfected and sterilized.
Using 3D printing for rapid prototyping and deployment
Javelin worked with clinical partners in healthcare to collaboratively design and test a 3D-printed face shield. Using the powerful 3D technologies in Javelin’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Oakville, Ontario, Javelin technicians were able to deploy various iterations of the face shields quickly.
The face shields were tested in a number of clinical and non-clinical settings in a healthcare environment and feedback from healthcare professionals drove design modifications to maximize effectiveness and comfort.
These early stages of the development of the ProtectON face shield demonstrate the power of advanced additive manufacturing – industrial 3D printing allows you to use biocompatible materials, create fully functional prototypes, thoroughly test in real life environments, and create a solid bridge to future mass production.
Collaboration leads to celebration
Today we celebrate the manufacturing of the ProtectON face shield because of contributions from many Canadian partners, each one bringing its expertise to the table. To mention just two:
- Javelin has a 10-year relationship with Canadore College and the iCamp innovation centre, and they have become a force for bringing ideas to market in Ontario.
- North Bay Plastic Molders, and Don Champagne himself, have invested in protecting essential workers across all industries and should be commended for getting to production so quickly.
At Javelin, we always focus on long-term, collaborative partnerships. Bringing the ProtectON face shield to life is a perfect example of how partners all over Ontario can collaborate to get the best possible results.