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Design technology company 3D One and the Australian Army have partnered to produce 400 face shields for frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

3D One used the Army’s 3D printers from the 20th Regiment of the Royal Australian Artillery (20 RAA) to produce the face shields.

The face shields were produced for medical staff in Brisbane.

Australia Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said that the country’s defence continues to collaborate with local manufacturing industry to support the government’s response to the pandemic.

Reynolds said: “Defence is playing a vital role in supporting Australia’s response to Covid-19.

“This initiative is not only boosting the supply of face shields in Queensland and expanding industry capability, but also demonstrates how defence can readily adopt and adapt new technologies.”

The headband component of the face shield is produced by the regiment while 3D One Australia provided filament. The company also assembled and distributed the shields.

20 RAA Combat Service Support Battery Officer Commanding Major Matthew Chapman said: “The army is an agile force and our 20th Regiment has a strong presence in the local Brisbane community.

“The Regiment quickly came on board with 3D One’s project following the company’s crowdsourcing callout last month to help manufacture the face shield frames.”

The frames were manufactured and sanitised by 3D One as per the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) standards and distributed to medical agencies according to requirements.

Chapman added that his unit typically uses 3D technology to maintain the army’s unmanned aerial systems.