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3D Printlife donates 4,000 kg of PLA for printing face shields

American filament company 3D Printlife has announced it is donating 4,000 kg of PLA to support the production of 3D printed face shields for medical workers. The amount of material is expected to be enough to 3D print over 115,000 Prusa-designed face shields. As part of its effort, 3D Printlife is seeking makerspaces, fab labs, service bureaus and 3D printing experts to join its Life Support COVID-19 Support Center in order to connect them to 2,000 hospitals and medical centers.

The company says it has already allocated 1,000 kg of plastic filament to 3D Brooklyn, Covid Maker Response and Voodoo Manufacturing in New York, the hardest hit city in the United States. These three groups have reportedly already donated over 6,000 face shields to local hospitals and health organizations.

3D Printlife Covid-19
3D printed Prusa face shield

“We are working to donate additional material to makerspaces and service bureaus in the US who are ready to print PPE’s for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the filament producer. In addition, 3D Printlife has partnered with 3DPrinterOS to offer discounted rates on their premium license for any makers part of the 3D Printlife Support network.”

3DPrinterOS’s platform facilitates distributed manufacturing and enables one-click printing with recommended print settings for 3D Printlife’s material. This streamlined approach will make it easier for network partners to 3D print face shields and increase overall production.

Today, 3D Printlife’s Life Support resource is connected to over 2,000 hospitals and medical centers which need or will soon need PPE and other devices. 3D Printlife will donate free spools of PLA to any members from the 3D printing industry that join its support network to help in the fight against COVID-19. 3D Printlife’s filaments are all made at its medical-grade extrusion facility.

To learn more about what 3D printing companies are doing to support COVID-19 relief efforts, visit our dedicated AM for COVID-19 forum.


Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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