Boxon Produces Face Shields for Frontline Medical Staffs in Sweden
Boxon provided 3D printing face shields for frontline medical staffs in Sweden recently by cooperating with Lund University.
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Boxon produces the face shields with 3D printer and follows the 3D printing guidelines offered by 3D organization 3DVERKSTAN and has delivered the first batch of face shields to X-lab at Lund University on 17th April. Lund University is supporting the hospitals in Malmö and Lund with 1000 pieces of face shields per day.
The bracket of the Face Shield is made of PLA (polylactic acid). PLA is a kind of biodegradable material made from starch extracted from renewable plant resources such as corn and cassava and therefore environmentally friendly.
The whole world is suffering from COVID-19 and so is Sweden. The medical staffs in Sweden is in desperate need of face shields but there is heavy shortage. In order to speed up the supply of protective masks, the Swedish 3D printing organization 3DVERKSTAN initiated the 3D printing face shield project and cooperated with Lund University’s X-Lab. 3DVERKSTAN published the guidelines on their website to ensure the face shields’ quality so that the same digital model and instructions are used.
Numerous individuals and companies around the country volunteered to join and donate the 3D-printed parts. In these uncertain times, we have really seen what a great community and collaboration we have. Throughout the world, inspirations, ideas and knowledge are shared between hobbyists, designers, companies and volunteers. By working together, we can really help those who desperately need medical products and parts.
Since supply chains are being broken all over the world due to high demand, panic purchases and closed borders, 3D printers now have even greater impact in manufacturing locally and filling the gaps where traditional supply chains fail.
The 3D-printed face shield is approved as a temporary solution by the majority of county councils in Sweden, but should only be seen as a supplement until approved equipment is available.