REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Sportswear manufacturer Adidas and 3D printing specialist Carbon are producing TPU 3D-printed face shields for U.S. health care workers. The two companies have an existing collaboration for high-performance footwear.
The masks are made with the same TPU material they co-created for the Adidas 4D midsoles. The aim was to create a piece of personal protective equipment that could be sanitized and reused, maximizing availability and minimizing waste.
Production has been scaled up from an initial 18,000 face shields a week to more than 50,000. Carbon also is sharing print files with its whole network, so anyone with access to a Carbon printer and TPU material will be able to create face shields for their own local areas.