Paton Group has been working with local businesses to create face shields to help protect essential workers who may be exposed to COVID-19. Using their Stratasys 3D printers, Paton has been printing the frames for face shields, and then their Universal Laser Systems laser to create the shields. The original design was shared with Paton by Stratasys.
The headbands can easily be sterilized for multiple use, while the plastic transparency face shield can be swapped out after several uses. Easy sanitation and cheap production make these a win-win solution.
Shields have been dropped off at Camarillo Police Department, Identity Medical Group, Redlands Hospital, and other California businesses. Paton plans to continue to provide these face shields to essential workers as they work to protect our communities.
In addition, Paton Group connected with Laney College, a public community college located in Oakland, California, to create face shields at an even faster rate. Laney College took the original Stratasys face shield design and began making modifications. They took the 3D prints and assembled them with various shield materials and hole configurations. Using this, they created a 3D rendering and sent it to Paton Group to print on a Stratasys printer. Then, the prototypes were created until the final product was decided upon.
The modified, 3D printed face shield is being used in a partnership with an injection molding company. With injection molding, the face shields can be made much more quickly—to the tune of nearly 1000 units a day. For 3D printing, it takes one machine about an hour to print each frame, and 15 minutes for the laser to cut several of the face shields. With these modifications, even more face shields can get into the hands of our frontline workers!