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Kitchener company gets Health Canada approval to produce face shields

The donated ones already received will go to health care workers in the region
plastic faceshields
Photo of plastic face-shields from @JeremyHedges77 on Twitter

Another feel good story amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kitchener's InkSmith, a company that produces laser cutters and 3D printers to promote STEAM education, has received Health Canada certification to manufacture protective face shields for health care workers.

While the company can create, assemble and disinfect the plastic masks by themselves - they also made a community call for contributions, due to the extreme demand right now. 

CEO Jeremy Hedges says they've received hundreds of 3-D printed parts, but because of the closure of all non-essential services by Tuesday evening, they have to make some changes. 

"We can't ask you guys safely to come out of your house, and come visit us. For those of you that can, we'll have you ship them with Canada Post. And otherwise, we're kind of on hold with production of these masks until the quarantine is over." Hedges said in a video posted to Twitter.

"Just to reiterate if you have 3D printed parts, you've got to get them to us by Tuesday at 5 p.m., otherwise hold on to them or ship them to us." he added.

Hedges adds all of the donated visors they've received up to this point will be donated to in-need, front-line health care workers in Waterloo Region.

He first got the idea to produce the face shields after talking to his contacts in Europe, while following the COVID-19 pandemic.

with files from Erin Anderson and Blair Adams

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