With everyone uniting in the fight against COVID-19, the world’s leading sportswear brands are doing their bit by producing face shields with the help of their manufacturer collaborators.
By using the TPU materials usually implemented in their famous Air sole units, Nike are working closely with the Oregon Health & Science University to produce face shields for medical personnel around the world. Nike will look to create thousands of full face shields and air-purifying respirator lenses.
Carbon and adidas are utilising their experience from working together on their 4d models and extensive 3D printing capacity to help produce PPE face shields for U.S. healthcare workers and first responders.
The face shields are being made by adidas from the same material as its 4D printed footwear products, using its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) systems to help 3D print them , with a innovative based on an open-source design released by Carbon.
Carbon currently says it is producing over 18,000 PPE face shields per week and has the capacity to print over 50,000 across its global network. The company also announced that they are producing over 1 million nasopharyngeal swabs per week to help support widespread testing for COVID-19.
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First we collaborated with @carbon to reimagine high-performance footwear. Now, using the same material co-created for our 4D midsoles, we’ve teamed up to produce 3D-printed face shields to support our healthcare heroes. Thank you to the many people who are working hard to get us through this. When we come together, we are at our best. #hometeam
New Balance has also tasked a number of it’s skilled US team to work on face masks in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The Boston-based sportswear giants posted the update on Instagram with an image of a mask and the call-out “Made shoes yesterday. Making masks today.”
It has also recently pledged $2 million to relief efforts aimed at local, regional, and global communities affected by the pandemic.
In other coronavirus news, Jordan Henderson has set Up Premier League coronavirus fund to raise “Millions” for the NHS.