CHICAGO (CBS)– A company in Skokie is using 3D technology to make face shields for workers battling on the front line.
The 3D printed part of the shield is the blue headband. The shield part is a sterilized plastic.READ MORE: Protest Of Police Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Takes Over Gold Coast Intersection
The company is now producing in bulk. They’ve figured out a way to make 1,000 a day with one 3D printer.
This technology was invented at Northwestern University. Then they got together with Azul 3D in Skokie to commercialize and print part of the face shields that cover your eyes, nose and mouth.READ MORE: Some Glenview Residents Want To Save Nuisance Beavers Homeowners Association Plans To Trap, Kill
The company is working with the FDA to help fast-track the approval process to get this into hospitals as soon as possible.
“If you think about the 3D printer you could order from amazon or Home Depot, those types of printers are about 2,000 times slower than what we’re talking about here,” Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology Chad Mirkin said.MORE NEWS: Woman With Willing Liver Donor Fighting To Have Rare Treatment Covered By Insurance
This new type of faster 3D technology was just unveiled back in October.