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Amazon Joins The Face Shields Bandwagon

Medical staff in US hospitals wearing face shields created by Amazon's initiative (Source: Amazon)

Manufacturing face shields has brought 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing right at the forefront of this fight against Coronavirus and the spread of COVID 19. Many 3D Printing service players have been manufacturing and providing these face shields either manufactured using traditional injection moulding technology or FDM variant of the 3D Printing technology.

Now, e-commerce giant Amazon has deployed its engineers from the drone deliver unit to develop face shields. The company has announced that it will start selling these shields on amazon.com after a successful trial run with medical professionals. In an official post, the company revealed that a technical program manager at Amazon joined a group of 3D Printing enthusiasts and started making face shields for frontline workers. This group has created its own design and was assembling the shields by hand in their offices and homes. The Amazon employee brought on colleagues from Prime Air’s mechanical design and hardware teams and in no time they started refining the face shield design.

3D printed headbands designed to work with face shields that will be distributed to healthcare professionals (Source: Amazon)

The engineers optimized the face shields for 3D printing and injection moulding and at the same time, they have made sure that it is comfortable and lightweight. Amazon also added that the open-source design is available for everyone and is also approved by the National Institute of Health. The shields will be soon available for all the customers to purchase. The e-tailer will initially sell the face shields to the frontline workers and then it will make them available for the public. “Because of the design innovations and the capabilities of our supply chain, we are confident we will be able to list them at a significantly lower price – almost a third of the cost – than all other reusable face shields currently available to frontline workers. We are looking to prioritise front-line workers and then eventually open up to all Amazon cusomers, sad Amazon.

 

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Aditya Chandavarkar

Aditya Chandavarkar

Aditya Chandavarkar is a established entrepreneur with business interests in manufacturing, innovative technology and consulting. He is the co-founder of CNT Expositions and Services (acronym for Catalysing New Technologies), which was subsequently formed by the acquisition of Inkjet Forum India – a leading knowledge sharing platform for inkjet printing technology founded by him. At Inkjet Forum India, Aditya was single handedly responsible for conceptualizing and organizing conferences and educations programs, in the area of digital textile printing and industrial inkjet.