- March 26, 2020 at 19:47 #98800CarolineParticipant
To aid in the COVID-19 medical supply shortage, Gilero has designed a robust, reusable face shield that can be 3D printed. The printed components are then being assembled locally in a medical device manufacturing facility in Pittsboro NC for donation to hospitals and care facilities as the need arises. Face shields are being die cut at scale and assembly components are on-site ready to be assembled safely once the 3D printed components are ready.
Face shields are extremely important, and although many people are sewing cotton masks and donating them to hospitals they do not protect healthcare professionals from COVID-19. N95 masks are recommended; however, they are in short supply, even with companies like 3M increasing production and FDA allowing industrial N95 masks be used in medical applications. The CDC recommends face shields as an option when N95 masks are not available (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html). They also provide an additional layer of protection in cases where a healthcare professional only has access to a normal (non-N95) surgical mask or donated cotton mask.
We understand there are a number of designs (open source/or not) out there for Face Shields; however, we do feel there are several advantages to our design. We understand what it takes to design robust medical devices, which consider functionality and usability requirements. It’s what we do all day, every day. Our Face Shield design has the following advantages/attributes when compared to single-piece 3d printed designs: 1) Robustness: ability to be cleaned and re-used, if needed. 2) Fitment: features to allow for the fit to be adjusted based on the individual person
Gilero has been in business for the last 20 years, with 100% focus on contract design and manufacturing of medical device and drug delivery devices. Our team has hundreds of patents, and in the last 5 years alone, over 30 medical devices have been commercialized that were designed, developed and/or manufactured by us. Our customers include many Fortune 500 companies well known in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. Our facility has been inspected by FDA as recent as September, 2019, with no findings or observations. We have a brand new manufacturing facility with both personnel and physical resources available to support building samples. In addition, we have relationships in place with healthcare facilities who are interested in receiving these Face Shields.
Livermore, Alameda County, California, 94550, United States of America
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