COVID-19 is changing things for all of us and one unexpected way NCCC member Fluevog has been able to contribute is through technology!
The Fluevog Design Studio normally uses 3D printing technologies to prototype new heels and soles for upcoming collections. However when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, thanks to the genius and goodwill of our friends at LNG Studios, we quickly re-tasked our 3D printers to begin producing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers.
In partnership with LNG Studios and in cooperation with the larger network of companies participating in the BC COVID-19 3D Printing Group, our printers ran continuously for weeks producing parts for the protective face shields that were in low supply at hospitals and clinics. Many hospitals faced dwindling supplies and with orders for extra equipment taking weeks to arrive, the ability to quickly produce parts at a local scale helped bridge the gap. After a few weeks, the needs of the local hospitals were met and the focus shifted to other areas of the country who were hit worse than BC including Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. As production increased, shields were sent to smaller clinics, shelters, and other essential service workers.
Through this initiative, more than 500 face shields and counting have been produced and distributed to hospitals and essential care workers in BC.
“It was amazing to see all these companies and individuals come together to offer whatever help they could and the volume and swiftness of the response was incredible.” shares Fluevog 3D Designer Chris Hutchison. “The most rewarding moment for me was walking down my street in Gastown and seeing a health care worker coming out of the women’s shelter wearing one of the face shields we produced. It was nice to see it in action!”
To learn more about this project, visit our friends at LNG Studios!