HamiltonJet using 3D printers to produce face shields for COVID-19 frontline workers

April 8, 2020 Albear Montocchio

HamiltonJet has joined the fight against COVID-19 by using its 3D printer to print parts for face shields for frontline workers.

HamiltonJet answered the call from ShieldsUpNZ, which grew from an idea from Tim Carr and Jason Barnett at 3D printing specialist MindKits. Simple and effective, the face shields are being distributed and used by medical professionals and people on the frontline around New Zealand.

HamiltonJet CEO Ben Reed says he’s very pleased they’re able to assist in keeping New Zealand’s essential workers safe as they fight COVID-19 on the frontline.

"HamiltonJet already has dispensation to support essential services in NZ, Asia, America and Europe.  Alongside our support to existing customers across the globe, 3D printing parts for face shields in NZ is a tangible way we can provide that support to people who are doing an amazing job day in and day out."

Two HamiltonJet employees Steve Lockhart - Manager of Manufacturing Engineering and Mickael Dernoncourt – Senior Manufacturing Engineer, are leading the charge.

Steve is using the desktop 3D printer he extracted from HamiltonJet’s global head office in Christchurch while Mickael, who works remotely from Thames, is using his own 3D printer.

“To date we’ve made 137 face shields between us. They’re assembled in three parts – a 3D printed flexible headband, which is what we’re making at home, that goes across the forehead, a clear plastic lens to cover the face, and an elastic strap which attaches to the headband to ‘close the loop’ around the head,” says Steve Lockhart.

“3D printing is not a fast process but assembly of the shields, so we’re steadily working alongside everyone else who has also volunteered around NZ to meet demand and get the shields to where they’re needed as quickly as possible.”

 

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