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Parsons Alumni Produce and Distribute Thousands of Face Shields to Frontline Health Workers to Fight COVID-19


“Not only is this a Parsons story, but it is also a New York story,” says Abby Mechanic, the manager of Parsons School of Design’s Making Center. “It shows what individuals can do in a time of crisis and might encourage others to activate their talents in different ways to provide relief for the healthcare professionals on the front lines. [ … ]

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Making Lemonade Out of Supply Chain Disruptions


Nevaris A.C., co-founder and CEO of Tangible Creative, a 3D printing and industrial designer, discussed how the pandemic has shaped the role of his company. “Our goal wasn’t to come in and be the hero,” he said. “Our goal was to help in the moment because we knew we could do it quickly.” “I think it’s important to have the [ … ]

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3D PRINTERS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


The US continues to struggle to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at a state and federal level. So DIY efforts from academics, hobbyists, manufacturing experts, and professional firms have coalesced around COVID hotspots like New York City to meet the needs of health care workers and others on the front line of the response effort. The problem is that [ … ]

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A college librarian and a doctor are 3-D printing protective equipment for hospital workers.


In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment many New York area hospitals are facing now that the coronavirus is debilitating more and more people, Dr. Pierre Elias, a Cardiology Fellow at Columbia University, reached out to Madiha Choksi, a Research and Learning Technologies Librarian at Columbia who specializes in 3-D printing, to ask if it’d be possible to [ … ]

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Can 3D printing plug the coronavirus equipment gap?


“3D printing actually has the capability to react very, very quickly — in terms of hours you can go from idea, to design, to prototype, to produce,” Ramon Pastor, acting president of 3D printing and digital manufacturing for HP, told CNN Business. The same process can take days or even weeks for traditional manufacturers, he added. Tangible Creative, HP and [ … ]

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Can 3D Printing plug the Coronavirus equipment gap?


“3D printing actually has the capability to react very, very quickly — in terms of hours you can go from idea, to design, to prototype, to produce,” Ramon Pastor, acting president of 3D printing and digital manufacturing for HP, told CNN Business. The same process can take days or even weeks for traditional manufacturers, he added. Tangible Creative, HP and [ … ]

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MakerBot Launches 3D Printing Initiatives to Combat COVID-19


The company is working with Columbia University Libraries and Tangible Creative to produce, assemble, and deliver face shields to New York City hospitals and healthcare workers on the front lines. As part of this effort, the company is part of COVID Maker Response, a coalition of makers who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by manufacturing, assembling, and distributing 3D [ … ]

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Columbia Librarians Design and Distribute Face Shields


Orders for face shields are flooding in via email to COVID Maker Response. Launched two weeks ago, CMR was developed within 72 hours by Columbia University librarians Madiha Choksi and Alex Alexander Gil Fuentes, who are collaborating with Tangible Creative, an Industrial Design and 3D printing company based in Newark, NJ with over seventy-five 3D printers. The organizers of CMR [ … ]

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Corona: 3D Makers Help Hospitals, Print Face Masks and Test Swabs


3D printing manufacturer Tangible Creative in New York is working with Columbia University’s library volunteers as well as MakerBot – a company that makes 3D printers – shifting their services to focus almost 100% on printing face shields for hospitals.  They’ve managed to up their daily print from 60 to 500 face shields a day within a week, while working [ … ]

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Makers are rushing to fight coronavirus with 3D printed face shields and test swabs


When Madiha Choksi, a research and learning technologies librarian at Columbia University, received a call for help from a doctor last week, she didn’t hesitate By Saturday, she printed off five prototypes of the shields—the part that needs to be 3D printed is like a visor that fits on your forehead, holding in place an acetate sheet—and passed them off [ … ]

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3D-Printed Protection


Healthcare workers on the frontlines of fighting COVID-19 are turning to an unlikely source for help with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE)—librarians. Madiha Choksi, along with her colleagues at Columbia University Libraries, developed a guide for rapidly producing face shields with 3D printers. Choksi modified a mask design for production speed and will collaborate with Tangible Creative, a [ … ]

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Columbia University librarian kickstarts 3D printing production of protective face shields


As COVID-19 spread further into New York City, Madiha Choksi knew she couldn’t sit back and do nothing. Little did she know, Choksi would end up producing hundreds of face shields in a matter of weeks. Through her outreach, Choksi made two very important connections: Tangible Creative, a 3D printing startup, and MakerBot, a manufacturer of 3D printers.  They came [ … ]

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