Oakville, Ont.-based Burloak Technologies says production will ramp up to volumes of approximately 10,000 units per week. PHOTO: Samuel, Sons & Co.Click image to enlargeAdditive Manufacturing company Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Ltd., has begun producing 3D printed face shields to be used by frontline medical and healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Mohawk College will use the resources at its School of Health and other organizations, to distribute these face shields locally and across Canada.

This personal protective equipment was designed and tested in collaboration with Hamilton Health Sciences and Mohawk College. Oakville, Ont.-based Burloak Technologies says production will ramp up to volumes of approximately 10,000 units per week.

"Additive manufacturing is an ideal process to scale any design to commercial production in the shortest time possible and applying our capabilities in this battle is the right thing to do," stated Colin Osborne, president and CEO at Samuel. "NGen played a valuable role in the rapid response to get this project underway. Without this funding, it would not have been possible to achieve the same scale in this accelerated timeframe."

The plan came together with funding from Next Generation Manufacturing (NGEN), Canada's Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, which has been tasked by the federal government to manage $50 million investment of enhanced funding for companies that can scale-up production of critical supplies in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

"Working together in new and innovative ways will help to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our region, our province and across Canada. This project is an example of how we can succeed when we put the interests of the community first," said John Laughlin, CTO, NGEN.  

"We are proud that we could help in the fight against this pandemic. Projects like this are strategically important to fulfill critical requirements for healthcare products, and we are thankful for the partnership of Burloak, Mohawk College and Hamilton Health Sciences," says Jayson Myers, CEO, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada.  

For more information visit samuel.com.

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