The shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been a challenge for not only Able Australia but the disability sector has a whole. The health and safety of our clients, workers, volunteers and families is and continues to be our highest priority.
As a result, our drive for PPE hasn’t waned over the last several months. We have risen to the challenge through innovation and collaboration to acquire a range of PPE including; several hundred thousand masks, large supplies of hand sanitiser and our sewing drive for gowns.
The next piece of PPE we have been working tirelessly on and we are now extremely proud to present you with – FACE SHIELDS!!!
Our Face Shield Project has been taking place for the past couple of months. To produce the frames we are using state-of-the-art 3D printers. Getting the finished product has involved quite a bit of trial and error, as we needed to align the hole punch with the frame to attach the shield and we are now full systems a-go!
Our well-oiled production line includes 22 3D printing machines producing the frame for the face shields. With each frame taking over 3 hours to print, we are now able to produce around 40 frames per day with this state of the art technology.
This project would not be possible without a collaborative approach with our supporters. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the supporters involved in this mammoth initiative including Swinburne University and Box Hill Institute.
A special thanks to our Face Shield model Able’s own James Digby who has been leading this project!
We truly are overwhelmed and so grateful to everyone who is lending us a hand during these uncertain times!