As the world’s economy continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, major corporations around the world like Don Schumacher Racing, Boeing, and Ferrari among others are not standing by idly as they tap on their Stratasys 3D machines to address the shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers.
Typically, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) manufacturing arm, Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM) would use their two Stratasys FDM 3D printers, the Stratasys Fortus 450mc and F370 for chassis fixturing, weldment fixturing, rapid prototype development and proofing out new components for DSR’s fleet of race cars.
But then COVID-19 hit and NHRA drag racing was stopped indefinitely. So DSM repurposed the 3D printers to churn out as many face shield headbands as possible round the clock for frontline healthcare workers.
Over at Boeing’s Innovation Center in Washington, you typically can find tooling, prototypes, everything, and anything that can be 3D printed for the plant’s operations. But the center has now been converted to 3D printing face shield frames where they are then shipped to Boeing’s St. Louis site where they are then assembled before being distributed.
800 frames have been printed thus far and Boeing will keep the lines going until they are asked to stop, and Dunn added, “It’s rewarding knowing that we’re helping medical professionals on the front lines.”
Meanwhile, the Italian supercar maker, Ferrari, has also joined the global response against the coronavirus, as they switched to 3D printing ventilator parts at their R&D facility in Italy which typically produces prototype car parts.
Using Stratasys F450mc 3D printers, Ferrari is printing respirator valves and fittings at its Maranello plant that adapts scuba equipment to act as protective masks for frontline healthcare workers. After printing, the parts that are laser-etched with Ferrari’s classic logos are sent to a local Italian company that is producing the snorkel masks.
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