US military 3D-printing coronavirus shields and masks for health care workers

The US military is using 3D printers — and even sewing machines — to manufacture face shields, reusable plastic N95 masks and surgical masks much-needed by medical professionals during the coronavirus crisis.

Navy and Marine Corps commands launched an initial production of 220 medical face shields after FEMA made the request, the Navy said in a news release.

Both military branches partnered with America Makes — a national manufacturing institute — to rapidly produce the shields.

Meanwhile, instructors at the 312th Training Squadron’s Special Instruments Training course at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas have started printing prototypes for shields as well as reusable plastic N95 face masks.

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