How GrabCAD Shop Helped Get Thousands of 3D Printed Face Shields to COVID-19 Front Lines
In early 2020, COVID-19 spread across the country, and within weeks, became a global pandemic. The contagious disease that infects people of all ages ambushed the world.
Medical personnel soon became the only hope for the growing millions infected who experienced severe symptoms as the disease wreaked havoc on their respiratory tract. However, as the outbreak continued and hospitals flooded with patients it became apparent that there would not be enough protective equipment to keep front-line workers safe. Protective equipment was needed -- and fast.
That’s when the 3D printing community became a beacon of hope. Professionals across the globe started seeing the value in 3D printers and its ability to produce protective equipment faster than any other production method.
Stratasys was among the leaders in the 3D printing community who offered their help. To date, the company -- along with Stratasys partners and customers, 3D printed over 100,000 face shields for hospitals, medical personnel and other first-line responders.
As important as 3D printers were to the process there was one software that helped orchestrate the mass production of face shields: GrabCAD Shop.
Without GrabCAD Shop, 3D printing over 100,000 face shields would not have been possible.