Javelin continues to work on our PPE face shield development project; over 700 units have been produced and are currently being distributed to our project partners.
This has been made possible, in part, by a generous donation of 3D printed components from our customer SCIEX. Working with our Professional Services team, their group has contributed face shield visors, printed on their Stratasys F450 3D printer with ABS M30i material. This donation, in combination with private contributions, has facilitated the production of 200 additional units.
“It’s inspiring to know that in such trying times, we can all come together to do what we can to protect our frontline workers and are thinking creatively about how we can approach it,” says Chris Lock, VP, LCMS R&D, SCIEX. “The specific face shields we are helping to build will be donated to frontline professionals at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, which makes our effort even more critical, directly supporting the local community where many of our associates live.”
Production 3D printers offer biocompatible material
The F450 is a workhorse 3D printer for engineers that require demanding flexibility to print larger-sized or many parts in an array of engineering-grade materials with high speed and unfailing throughput. It offers 13 production-grade materials, including bio-compatible materials that are ideal for the medical industry.
ABS-M30i material was chosen for this initiative because it is a high strength material well suited for the medical industry. Parts manufactured with this material are biocompatible and can be gamma or EtO sterilized. The goal is to produce sterilizable and reusable face shields to overcome the resource burden caused by single use devices.
We are in this together
The team at Javelin sincerely appreciates all contributions towards this initiative. Over the last few months, we have seen many businesses, educational institutions, and individuals across Canada contributing, collaborating and helping in any way possible to fight the pandemic.
If you would like to contribute to the cost of the 3D printing raw materials for the production of the face shields you can make a $20 contribution via our web store. Note that Javelin is not a registered charity and, as a result, we are not able to provide tax receipts for project contributions.
For more information on our PPE manufacturing project, follow this link.