Thule Group, a global leader in products for the active lifestyle, is utilizing some of its resources at their America’s regional headquarters in Connecticut to help fight the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Utilizing 3D printers on site at their headquarters normally used for rapid prototyping and testing, Thule Group staff are now using the machines to create plastic components for face shields to aid hospital staff during the current pandemic.

St Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut, located near the Thule Group headquarters in Seymour, Connecticut, put the call out to local businesses that have access to 3D printers looking for their help. Seeking assistance in making plastic frames used to make face shields for hospital staff (the blue piece in the image below), Thule Group staff were quick to respond. Using the 3D printers onsite in the Product Development department, their team is printing components for the shields daily and dropping them off at a nearby collection area. In cooperation with other local companies who answered the call to help, they are collectively hoping to assemble 20,000 face shields in the next 20 days.