Amazon has developed its own face shields for frontline workers
These face shields will be available to all Amazon customers soon.
Amazon engineers from the company's drone delivery unit have developed reusable face shields for frontline workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
Engineers from Prime Air's mechanical design and hardware teams upgraded the face shield design developed by the Washington State 3D Face Shield Hub to be more comfortable based on the feedback from medical professionals.
“...the team improved the quality of the materials to allow them to be reusable, added an enhanced snap feature to keep the shield in-place to make them safer, amended the geometry to reduce sharp edges that could snag clothing or hair, thinned the forehead band to reduce pressure on a person's forehead, and drastically improved print time making them quicker to manufacture,” Amazon's VP of Robotic, Brad Porter wrote in a blog post.
The company repurposed its manufacturing facilities using machines that would ordinarily cut fibre material to manufacture drones to cut screens for face shields. It also open sourced a detailed design package for both 3D printing and injection molding so that anyone can access these designs and manufacture face shields.
“Working with a team of doctors, our Prime Air engineers received approval on their new design by the National Institutes of Health (NIH),” Porter added.
The company said that it has already donated 10,000 face shields to the frontline workers and it was on track to deliver 20,000 more in the coming weeks.
Coming to the availability, the company said that it has started mass-producing face shields. While the face shields are available only for the frontline workers at the moment, the company will make them available to all Amazon customers soon.
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