Monday, April 20, 2020

Airbus 3D printing masks

Engineer producing more tension bands
Airbus photo
MOBILE, Ala. – Airbus’ production and engineering teams in Mobile have teamed up with the University of South Alabama to produce 3D-printed, reusable face masks and mask tension release bands for medical personnel on the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Airbus team is making the masks and bands for medical personnel at USA Health, including University Hospital, Children’s & Women’s Hospital, the Mitchell Cancer Institute and the Physician’s Group. The team hopes to produce 500 masks, which are reusable and washable, over the next three weeks, along with approximately 75 tension release bands per day. The masks and bands will be produced on 3D printers provided from Airbus’s production and engineering facilities, Flight Works Alabama, and the University of South Alabama, using designs from the National Institutes of Health 3D Print Exchange COVID-19 Supply Chain Response file repository. (Source: Airbus, 04/20/20)