Waterline diversifying during Covid-19 crisis
3D printing parts of PPE face shields for essential health workers
As we face this new world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with the fast-paced change happening around us. Questions start to come to mind like, what information should we consume, how do you wash your hands properly, cough into your elbow and that’s on top of how to ‘self-isolate’ and coming to terms with new phrases like ‘social distancing’…
And then enters the feelings of how can we help? How can we use our skills to help these frontline health workers, literally putting their own life and needs on the line for the greater good…how can you even fathom that idea, when you work in a CBD office space (or home office for now) and one of the biggest goals of your day is clearing your inbox?
It’s where 3D One Australia comes in, they are currently producing much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers. The 3D printed face shields being produced are used to protect workers from splashes, sprays and splatter of body fluids. They are used in conjunction with other PPE gear (such as face masks and goggles) and are disposable (reducing risk of spreading the virus), along with being a valuable addition to the safety of workers when tending to COVID-19 positive patients.
Waterline have a fleet of 3D printers, usually printing out 3D prints of engineering models, like draglines and roof supports, but why not face shields too? This could be a way we offer a service to help! After seeing a post on LinkedIn from Fiona Humphreys, Waterline’s Design Team Lead, Ben sent off a message and it all started from there.
Over the last weekend in March, Waterline printed an order for 125 bands to be used in creation of the 3D face shields by 3D One, using the open source PRUSA design via Thingiverse. These important PPE goods will help protect our frontline health workers across Australia.
Waterline are proud to be diversifying the industries we work in and to be involved in helping to find real solutions for real world problems. It’s part of our ethos – engineering with a conscience.
The 3D printed anti-splash single-use face shields are available on the 3D One website for purchase, and you can also check out how your company can put your 3D printers to work for this important cause.