Face shields provide better coverage and can last longer than face masks if cleaned properly. Given their durability and reuse potential, face shields are less likely to face the shortages impacting other personal protective equipment.
Fast Radius is leveraging manufacturing and supply chain innovations in the fight against COVID-19, including producing face shields. Scroll down for more information on our 3D-printed, reusable medical face shield kits.
Is your organization in need of face shields?
medical face shields and COVID-19
The respiratory nature of COVID-19, which spreads through coughing and sneezing, makes airborne droplet protection critical in preventing infection. Face shields offer a layer of protection, reducing the risk of viral transmission for anyone who might be exposed.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages pose a tremendous challenge for the medical community. Healthcare facilities are having difficulty accessing needed PPE, from N95 respirators to protective goggles, gloves, and gowns. Many of these items cannot be used more than once, and are often disposed of after a single treatment. Face shields are reusable and offer many of the same protective benefits as cloth and fabric counterparts.
The need for protection extends outside the medical community as well. Anyone coming into contact with the general population runs the risk of infection, and face shields can provide an extra layer of defense for dentists, security professionals, postal workers, correctional officers, retail and food service workers, home healthcare aides, and other essential workers.
who should use face shields?
Common industries and applications
- Healthcare workers
- First responders
- Dental offices
- Correctional facilities
- Nursing homes
- Restaurants and food preparation
- Travel through congested areas
- Job sites and work areas
ABout the fast radius medical face shield kits
Our team simplified and improved the design of the face shield bands currently in the market. The new design can be printed using several different materials to increase production volume.
As of today, we have the capacity to produce 10,000 face shield kits a day using a combination of lightweight headband and a polycarbonate shield. These are distributed through a network of healthcare providers via Fast Radius, with the goal of ramping production further.
Our kits include one headband and two interchangeable protective shields, and each shield can be cleaned and used for up to two weeks. The reusable headband design also makes it easy to remove and swap out the included shields with any industry-standard replacement.
The Fast Radius medical face shield kits are an FDA-registered, Class I medical device.
Disposable face shields vs. our face shield kits
Face shield kit dimensions
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- 0.02″ thick
- Strap length: 18″
- Strap height: 0.625″
Materials used to print our face shield headbands
Our reusable, face shield band allows for the universal use of any industry-standard PETG/PC shield. Specifically, the band is printed with Polyamide 12 or Digital Production Resin 10 (Black or White) and the head strap is made with Nylon.
These materials create a face shield assembly that is lightweight and comfortable for extended wear. Moreover, the kit is an economical and eco-friendly alternative to disposable face shields.