In the early spring, when the novel coronavirus was spreading very quickly throughout the United States, k-Space saw an opportunity to make a difference. We ordered ten new 3D printers so that we could print parts for protective face shields and distribute them throughout the community. Since then, we have manufactured and donated approximately 400 face shields.

These face shields went to front line healthcare workers and businesses in the community that wanted to keep their patients, students, customers, and employees safe. Some of the local businesses who have benefited from the face shields include University of Michigan Hospital, Chelsea Hospital, Washtenaw County Health Department, Washtenaw County SWAT Unit, City of Dexter, Dexter Public Schools, Rudolph Steiner School, Joe and Rosie’s Coffee Shop, Whit’s End Hair Studio, Carson’s Barber Shop, Irene Tseng Family Dentistry, Dexter Dental Studio, and Sheer Bliss Salon.

We plan to eventually repurpose these 3D printers to be used for prototype and rapid parts printing in our second manufacturing facility that is currently under construction and slated to open later in 2020.

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