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iA Remote launches first episode.
iA Remote: Digital Sessions with iAccelerate are short videos that aim to bring some positive vibes and amazing stories from us and our residents in this uncertain times. Some lighthearted content that showcase what we do at iAccelerate and the responses of our residents on the coronavirus outbreak.
First episode of iA Remote featured Me3D and showed a wonderful and inspiring story of how startups 🚀can prepare and be prepared to meet the challenges that we are facing today.
Our CEO Omar Khalifa talks with founder Leanne Connelly and takes us on their journey of pivoting their operations in 3DPrinting medical supplies for our frontliners.
Solving COVID-19 supply challenges with 3D printed face shields
A team of engineers on the South Coast of New South Wales has answered a call to make more equipment for medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, using 3D printers.
In an empty lecture theatre at the University of Wollongong campus, a local start-up company has set up a 3D print farm.
Forty machines, soon to be 140, are making face shields for frontline workers as part of the battle to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Me3D co-founder and engineer Matthew Connelly said the operation would ramp up quickly.
“At the moment we’re making hundreds a day, next week 500, and then 2,000 a day,” he said.
His company usually created and designed 3D printers for schools, but has swung into gear during the downturn after being asked to help.
“With the schools being shut down we’ve had quite a lot of stock left over, so one of the things we are doing with it is taking it out of storage and manufacturing some critical PPE [personal protective equipment] for our nurses and doctors,” Mr Connelly said.
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