Montreal 3D printing company pivots to make face shields for healthcare workers

Through a partnership with local medical specialists, AON3D has already delivered hundreds of units to front-line healthcare workers at Montreal General Hospital.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
April 03, 2020
Photo: McGill University
Photo: McGill University

A doctor at McGill University Health Centre and a project manager at Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital reached out to local 3D printing company AON3D to help ease the impending shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) required by front-line health care workers. The company was able to reopen its facility and produce a prototype face shield within two hours. Just days later, they donated hundreds of shields to Montreal General Hospital, and expect to produce and send out 10,000 more within the next week. CEO Kevin Han says some AON3D employees are voluntarily working 24-hour shifts to help ramp up production capacity.

The face shields protect medical workers who must be in close contact with COVID-19 patients during procedures, but still allow them to see and move around properly.

AON3D used an open-source face shield design created at Georgia Tech and adapted it to their needs. Han says any 3D printing company can do what they have done, and offered his support to similar businesses that want to get involved and support health care workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Source: McGill University newsroom