Massey Ferguson has joined the likes of JCB and John Deere in using the facilities and talent at their disposal to support the fight against COVID-19.
The machinery manufacturer recently announced it will be using 3D printing to supply face shields to local medical staff.
Hope’s Face Shields
AGCO and Massey Ferguson responded to the calls by French non-profit organisation ‘Les Visières de l’Espoir’, which translates to: ‘Hope’s Face Shields’. The initiative began after a hospital in Caen sought help for a lack of protective equipment for hospital staff.
The organisation hopes to source 13,000 face shields that will be distributed to 94 hospitals across France.
Boussad Bouaouli, Vice-President of manufacturing at AGCO, said: “The strengths of additive manufacturing and 3D printing – print anything, adapt on the fly – make it an opportunity to help address shortages of parts related to face shields among other things.”
“The face shield has a 3D printed frame and a transparent plastic shield to provide protection for workers. The design and production process has been fully approved by the Caen’s Hospital medical staff based in Normandy, France.”
“For the next three weeks, we are aiming to produce some shields that we are humbled to donate to support heroes from the medical staff working hard to save lives in our community. We are proud of our colleagues who volunteered to run the 3D printers,” concluded Thierry Lhotte, Vice-President & Managing Director of Massey Ferguson Europe & Middle-East.