5/20 Update —
I’m happy to report that we are filling our requests at a very rapid pace, and our face shields have been traveling around, at this point, to 140 locations across the country! The numbers are impressive: 15,000 pieces of PPE delivered to date, and thanks to our continued support as well as the successful continued expansion of our volunteer team, shields are being produced at their highest rate yet!
We have thankfully eliminated our biggest bottleneck at this point: production of the clear visors that fit onto the headbands. Formerly, these had been laser cut by a small number of individuals on our volunteer team, or manually hole punched and cut with scissors. Thanks to the effort of volunteers from Hawthorne High School and FRC Team 207, we are now cutting thousands of clear sheets in just a few hours time! This considerably increases our total throughput, and we are keeping up with our ever-increasing 3D printing productivity.
With the last big bottleneck removed, our team continues to produce PPE at a very high rate. We will continue to do so, as long as funding permits, in order to ensure we are prepared — for a second wave, or a new outbreak — even as local demand (thankfully) levels off a bit. These face shields are incredibly timely and important for so many across the country and we want to continue helping to the greatest extent possible.
Included today is a photo of the CNC machine cutting our plastic sheets 100x at a time. Also, here is a photo of 400 face shields assembled and delivered to more local hospitals this week.