Chicago Architecture Firm Joins Fight Against COVID-19

3D printers aren’t new, but they aren’t exactly household appliances yet.  The COVID-19 pandemic may change that, as the once-exotic gadgets have finally found their killer application: Filling in when the supply chain falls down. 

Face shield production at bKL Architecture (Via GoFundMe)

We’ve seen everyone from computer companies to casino moguls venture into the medical merchandise making milieu. And Chicago architecture firms aren’t standing still.

Take The Loop’s bKL Architecture, for example.  It’s using 3D printers to churn out face shields.  

Through a crowdfunding page, bKL has raised $40,000 for the project.  That’s enough to make 30,000 of them.

As of this past Friday, bKL has delivered more than 1,000 shields to 25 medical facilities in Chicago, plus California, Philadelphia, and New York’s tri-state area.

Face shield production at bKL Architecture (Via GoFundMe)

The bKL mini-factory consists of a dozen 3D printers, and is capable of creating 150 shiny shields a day.  

When this is all over, eight of them will donated to Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Public Library.

You can help this germ of innovation in a thyme of knead by rising to the occasion and tossing some dough to the bKL face shield bakery through GoFundMe.  It’s the yeast you can do.

Author: Editor

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