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A bright future for 3D printing

It wasn’t too difficult to use a 3D printing machine to produce face shields in response to the coronavirus. The real trick was using 100 machines to make 25,000 of them.

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Raytheon Technologies launched a rapid-response effort to produce that many face shields for first responders in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Given the demand and urgency, the company employed additive manufacturing machines from operations all over the world.

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“It was unprecedented to bring the entire corporation together to print one single file across multiple processes and materials using somewhere around 100 machines in less than two weeks,” said Jesse Boyer, fellow for additive manufacturing at Raytheon Technologies. “To ramp up to that volume that quickly is something that’s touted using additive manufacturing, […]

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