Airbus converts 3D printing to face mask production

Many Airbus sites in Spain are producing 3D-printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

Airbus sites in Spain are producing 3D-printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment.
Airbus sites in Spain are producing 3D-printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment.

Many Airbus sites in Spain are producing 3D-printed visor frames, providing healthcare personnel with individual protection equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

More than 20 3D printers working day and night have produced hundreds of visors, dispatched to hospitals close to the Airbus facilities in Spain. Airbus leverages a patented design to manufacture the visor frames, using PLA plastics.  

"One of the reasons I love my job is the capability we have for advanced design and quick manufacture. Overnight, we have gone from making aerospace concepts to medical equipment. This genuinely makes a difference in the fight against the pandemic and I couldn’t be prouder of our teams working day and night on this Airbus project,” said Alvaro Jara, Head of Airbus Protospace, in Getafe, Madrid.  

Despite the pause of the majority of production at Airbus’ sites in Spain following the Royal Decree of March 29, 2020, Airbus employees are allowed on site to continue with this essential activity.  

In addition, Airbus in Germany also joined the project. The Airbus Protospace Germany and the Airbus Composite Technology Centre (CTC) in Stade, together with the 3D printing network named “Mobility goes Additive,” are now supporting this project in Spain, also coordinating the collection and transport of visors to the Madrid region.  

For more information, please visit airbus.com.

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