Jersey City group using 3D printers to make 1,000 face shields a week for health care workers

0

The Jersey City Rapid Response Maker Group is utilizing 3D printer technology to make 1,000 face shields a week for health care professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo via jcrmrg.org.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Our healthcare workers are on the frontline in this battle against COVID-19,” said Ashley
Strang, of JCRMRG, an operations director in Jersey City.

“The risks they are taking each day can be drastically reduced with the proper protection, which tragically is some way off being available for all. JCRMRG is moving fast to help remedy this situation with the help of all our volunteers and donors.”

The JCRMRG formed just last week, on April 1st to be exact, and is seeking to raise $25,000 early this week to pay for materials, with 100 percent of funds going directly to purchases.

The all-volunteer team is also looking to coordinate with commercial manufacturers to scale the operation quickly to better meet the high demand. Once that is in place, it will be able to commercially manufacture 5000 plus  face shields per day.

Manufacturing on a commercial basis usually requires around two months to start-up, but the grassroots organization has accelerated its start-up by learning from similar groups across the country who have successfully scaled similar operations in less than two weeks.

The 30-plus member team is on track to produce 1,000 plastic shields per week later this week.

Backed by the United Way of Hudson County, the JCRMRG is working with a shield model that is said to be on track for FDA approval  imminently.