Adidas is repurposing technology from its collaboration with Carbon, a digital manufacturing platform, for use in making personal protective equipment (PPE).
Initially, the sports brand worked with Carbon to integrate 3D printed technology into its footwear. Using the same material co-created for the brand’s “4D midsoles”, the two businesses are making 3D printed face shields for US healthcare organisations, first responders and underserved communities that don't have access to adequate supplies.
The goal, said adidas, is to use the highly elastic, tear-resistant material (called Elastomeric Polyurethane) to create a face shield that can be sanitised and reused.
“Through our support and the quick production turnaround that 3D printing enables, Carbon has been able to scale production from 18,000 face shields a week to upwards of 50,000,” said adidas.
Carbon is also sharing print files with its entire global network so anyone with access to one of their printers and material will be able to create face shields. Organisations can submit requests for print files from Carbon directly.
Source: Sports Textiles
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