Coronavirus: Volkswagen uses 3D printing to produce face shields
A conventional plastic foil will be inserted into the holders by third parties now being produced by Volkswagen With these shields, the entire face will be covered by transparent protection. In order to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene, Volkswagen employees producing the holders will wear gloves and face masks. Gerd Walker, Head of Volkswagen Group Production, said: “Our team is already working at full speed to make these urgently needed parts as quickly as possible.” Production is in progress not only at the large 3D printing centers in Wolfsburg and Ingolstadt, but also at other plants of Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, MAN Truck & Bus, Porsche, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Components and Volkswagen Motorsport. The Group currently uses more than 50 3D printers at its plants continuously adding additional printers for this project.
Lamborghini, SEAT, ŠKODA and Volkswagen Passenger Cars are also working on other medical supplies: Volkswagen Navarra (Spain) has already started last week to produce face shields and has handed about 1,000 units to the Navarra Government. SEAT is currently working on several initiatives to collaborate, including the production of a mechanical ventilator that will be assembled in Martorell and various models of face maskswhich are still pending official approval.Volkswagen South Africa is also printing masks and face shields which are pending official approval.
To date, Volkswagen has already donated several hundred thousand medical face masks for the public health system in Germany. The Volkswagen Group has also decided to donate additional medical supplies such as face masks and protective clothing for medical centers and hospitals with a total value of about €40 million.
The aid now being provided for Spain is part of a joint initiative with Airbus, the 3D printing network “Mobility goes Additive”, which includes about 250 companies in addition to Volkswagen, and other partners.
Apr 02, 2020 at 21:09