Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we have seen so many customers, distributors and even Epilog employees using their machines to create much-needed personal protective equipment, not only for healthcare professionals, but for their communities as well.
It has been so incredible to see our users come together in this way. Below are just a handful of stories and projects we have seen rolling in. If you are creating PPE with your Epilog Laser machine, message Amy Dallman so we can include you here!
All Wheel Engineering, LLC., San Diego, CA – Face Shields
Using both his Epilog Fusion M2 and his 3D printer, Tom Deadrick of All Wheel Engineering shifted from his automotive applications to creating face shields for healthcare workers on the front line. In the past few weeks Tom has donated thousands of pieces to local healthcare facilities in the San Diego area.
Bauhaus Form + Function Lab at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany - Face Shields
Jason Reizner, who heads up the Bauhaus Form + Function Lab at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, and his team have developed a visor that is entirely laser cut to assist those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be produced from 0.5mm PETG film in under a minute, with their 120-watt Fusion M2.
The design for the 'BauhausUniVisor' is open to everyone under a Creative Commons License and can be found here: BFFL | GitHub
Centex Laser Engraving, Pflugerville, TX - Mask Clips
Elastic bands of medical masks can rub the skin raw behind the ears, so Centex started laser cutting acrylic medical mask clips. Instead of securing the mask behind the ears, it moves the elastic bands behind the head - being acrylic, they can be sterilized and used again.
Debra Salley, Epilog Laser - Face Masks
Our very own tradeshow coordinator, Debra Salley, used her Zing 24 to create face masks from t-shirts. While these are not medical-grade masks, they are suitable for residents in areas and municipalities that require masks when out in public.
Laser Depot & Northern Laser Systems - Aerosol Boxes
Our distributors from Laser Depot (Colombia, South America) and Northern Laser Systems (Wisconsin, USA), both laser cut acrylic aerosol boxes, which they donated to local healthcare facilities. These devices are used to prevent COVID-19 particles from being expelled during patient intubation.
While times are uncertain, one thing that will always remain is the human spirit that purposefully seeks out ways to help. Thank you to all of the Epilog Laser users out there who are using our equipment to help your communities rise to the challenge. We appreciate you!