Boeing to use 3-D printing capabilities to manufacture face shields


Boeing is taking additional steps to support COVID-19 recovery and relief efforts. The company released that it would begin using its 3-D printing capabilities at several facilities across the United States to manufacture face shields to help protect those who are on the front lines of fighting the virus. Boeing’s initial production goal is to produce thousands of face shields per week followed by subsequent production increases. Boeing has additive manufacturing machines in St. Louis, Missouri; El Segundo, California; Mesa, Arizona; Huntsville, Alabama and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that will be used for this initial response, as long as those facilities remain in operation, consistent with federal, state and local health orders and the health and safety of Boeing employees.

The company said it has also offered the use of its Dreamlifter, one of the largest cargo carriers in the world, to help transport critical and urgently needed supplies to healthcare professionals.

To date, Boeing has donated tens of thousands of masks, gloves and other equipment to hospitals in need. The company is also analyzing several other ways to use its engineering, manufacturing and logistics expertise to help the cause.

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