Fighting COVID-19 One Mask at a Time
Updated: Apr 29
Photo: Inside Flowbuilt as we shift from 3D-printed insoles to producing life saving equipment
It’s not what happens to us but how we respond to what happens that makes all the difference – enter global pandemic. You are no longer in control of the situation, the plans you once had need to shift. Feel vaguely familiar? This is exactly where we found ourselves as the COVID-19 Pandemic started spreading around the world.
We started this year with lofty goals and a positive outlook. We planned to 3D print 50,000 pairs of Superfeet ME3D custom insoles generated through Fitstation by HP scans. We were (and still are) excited about announcing new brand partnerships and ramping up footwear production in our Washington state manufacturing facility. A few months later COVID-19 hit, when markets in Asia were affected, we were a reliable close to home manufacturing resource then as COVID came closer to our shores, we knew it was time to redefine our definition of success, roll up our sleeves and get to work taking care of our community.
Our sister company Superfeet provided us the opportunity to bring our design and manufacturing skills to life in a new way when they asked us to pivot from insole production to creating 3D-printed PAPR ports. Our product development and operations teams accepted the challenge working around the clock to create and produce a component that could help in the fight against COVID-19. At the same time, Superfeet started sourcing materials and partners to sew the PAPR hoods. Within days we were working with local hospitals to dial in prototypes that would meet their standards. During the next four weeks we will create 30,000+ 3D-printed PAPR ports to be assembled in hoods for hospitals.
Each PAPR hood delivered is a step in the right direction in the fight again COVID-19. We are proud to be part of a community that has come together to proactively protect our community’s first line. We are grateful to be producing PPE to keep our healthcare workers safe, and want to thank Superfeet, Pioneer Aerofab and Jawstec for joining us in our efforts.
Photo: 3D Printed Ports are assembled into PAPR hoods
Photo: Inside Superfeet Warehouse and Hoods are assembled and packaged for delivery
Photo: Inside the Flowbuilt 3D-print facility as PAPR ports are being produced