Global materials processing firm Biesse Group has donated protective visors to Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord to aid in Italy’s battle against COVID-19.
With transmission of the coronavirus centred around the eyes, nose and mouth, the Biesse Group - a global leader in wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal processing technology - designed the visor to provide protection for those sensitive areas for doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers.
Biesse’s designers perfected the prototype using 3D printers usually used for batch production and to create the firm’s tech solutions. The result, a shield for the entire face, is manufactured entirely in Biesse via a combination of 3D printer and a Rover Plast machining centre.
“We immediately offered to use our 3D printer to help with the health emergency and checked which of the products that hospitals need most,” said Biesse Group CEO Roberto Selci.
“We decided to manufacture and donate the visors to Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord to offer tangible support for those who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 every day.”
The visor’s frame is 3D printed at the Biesse plant at Via della Meccanica, while the transparent visor itself is manufactured via Rover Plast A FT by protective covering specialist Axxembla.
“We monitored all the devices produced with 3D printers online,” said mechanical technology centre director Michele Tombari, “in order to put our competencies and technology at work in the service of those who are battling the virus directly.”
The donation of the visors comes on the heels of Biesse’s fundraising drive for the purchase of technology to help critical COVID-19 patients. The company’s LET’S DO MORE campaign provides support for Ospedale San Salvatore Di Pesaro to buy new equipment to meet the challenge of COVID-19.