SEMA eNews Vol. 23, No. 14, April 2, 2020

SEMA Garage Produces Medical Visors With Stratasys to Battle COVID-19

By Fredy Ramirez

  VisorSEMA Garage is proud to announce that it will assist Stratasys (www.stratasys.com) by providing 3D-printed visors, which will attach to face shields and assist those who are working in healthcare facilities.
   

SEMA Garage will be assisting Stratasys by providing 3D printed visors, which will attach to face shields and assist those who are working in healthcare facilities.

“We may not have large-quantity output capabilities, but we’re glad to assist in any way possible and be a part of this initiative. Collectively, we can make a difference,” said SEMA Garage Engineer Luis Morales who is leading the project.

SEMA Garage will use both 3D printers in its facility to help as much as possible. The garage hopes to produce about 280 visors within the next week. 

“Throughout the year, our association is dedicated to serving its members, many who are affected by this situation,” said Morales. “We are glad to use our tools and equipment to benefit the initiative of producing 3D-printed face shields to assist medical facilities in stabilizing this pandemic. It’s a different way to continue to serve our members, as well as the overall community.”

By helping Stratasys with its production, the SEMA Garage is doing its part to fight this pandemic and encourages those who can, to do so as well.

Stratasys has designed and publicly shared the CAD model of their visor in hopes that manufacturers and service providers worldwide respond to the current global COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, they delivered 5,000 face shields to critical need areas.

“The need is dire, but we are getting the kind of commitments from our coalition partners that will make a real difference and help buy time to scale up the manufacturing of shields and other essential supplies.” said Stratasys Healthcare Segment Leader Scott Drikakis, who is directing the company’s COVID-19 response in the Americas. The movement has helped over 30 health systems, covering hospitals, clinics, academic medical centers and nursing homes.

Since the initial delivery, they have received requests for over 350,000 face shields. During that time, over 150 organizations have joined them in producing shields. “I have never seen collaboration across our industry the way I’ve been seeing it over the last couple weeks,” said Drikakis. The coalition is aiming to supplement another 11,000 face shields by next week and 16,000 the following week as more organizations continue to help.

Additional suppliers are encouraged to join and be a part of this initiative. Information on how to help can be found through this link: (go.stratasys.com/lp-face-shield.html). If you have the capability to provide 3D-printed visors, protective shields, or if you are in need of any of those items, please register through this link: (go.stratasys.com/lp-stratasys-helps.html).

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