Boeing Pivots to 3D-Printed Face Shields for COVID-19 Response
Face shields to be donated to healthcare professionals fighting COVID-19 with initial shipment heading to Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas
April 12, 2020
Boeing, known more for manufacturing commercial aircraft, is putting its vast capabilities to work on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus. It has delivered the first set of reusable 3D-printed face shields to support healthcare professionals working to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) accepted the initial shipment of 2,300 face shields delivered to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, which has been established as an alternate care site to treat patients with COVID-19.
Boeing is set to produce thousands more face shields per week, gradually increasing production output to meet the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the United States. Distribution of additional face shields will be coordinated with HHS and FEMA based on immediate needs. Boeing is producing face shields with additive manufacturing machines at company sites in:
• St. Louis, Missouri
• China Lake, El Segundo, and Huntington Beach, California
• Puget Sound region of Washington state
• Mesa, Arizona
• Huntsville, Alabama
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Charleston, South Carolina
• San Antonio, Texas
• Salt Lake City, Utah
• Portland, Oregon
Face shield production and donations are part of a larger Boeing effort to leverage company and employee resources to aid with COVID-19 recovery and relief efforts. To date, the company has donated tens of thousands of units of PPE – including face masks, goggles, gloves, safety glasses and protective bodysuits – to support healthcare professionals battling COVID-19 in some of the hardest-hit locations in the United States.
Boeing has also offered use of its airlift services to help transport critical and urgently needed supplies to healthcare professionals. The company is coordinating closely with government officials on how best to provide airlift support.
“History has proven that Boeing is a company that rises to the toughest challenges and we stand ready to assist the federal government’s response to this global pandemic,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun.