Fictiv Donates Tool to Make Millions of Face Shields Available to Hospitals at Cost

New tool and injection molding process can produce millions of face shields a month with lead times as fast as 1 day.

New tool and injection molding process can produce millions of face shields a month with lead times as fast as 1 day.

Fictiv donates tool to make face shields. Image courtesy of Fictiv.

Manufacturing ecosystem Fictiv announced that hospitals and healthcare providers can begin ordering the protective face shields in batches of up to 10,000 per order at cost for shipment as fast as one day. The company is leveraging its global manufacturing network and a newly designed tool to produce millions of face shields available in the fight against COVID-19.

Fictiv has invested in the upfront tooling costs to make the shields available as quickly and easily as possible to healthcare agencies, service providers, distributors and even non-healthcare OEMs that are pivoting to support the healthcare industry during this crisis. The pricing will be matched to cost, and additionally, any longer-term profits beyond initial tooling and unit manufacturing costs will be donated to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO.

The shield is based on open-source face shield designs, similar to the visor recommended by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but is modified with a closed top to be more consistent with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommendations. While many recent face shields have been manufactured using 3D printing, Fictiv’s team of manufacturing experts, including engineers with experience at enterprise medical device companies, has modified the design and set up an injection molding tool to reach greater production volumes for a production quantity totaling millions of shields per month. 

Healthcare purchasers can request a quote for the face shields in batches of 1,000, 5,000 or 10,000 by filling out the form on this webpage. After placing an order, a Fictiv representative will return a guaranteed quote within one business day. Once purchased, customers can expect products to ship as fast as one business day.

“At a time like this, we’re pleased to help the healthcare industry any way we can.  We would love to see other Bay Area companies, who are equally interested in helping, partner with us and donate the face shields in support of our front line healthcare workers in clinics, hospitals and labs around the country,” says Dave Evans, founder and CEO of Fictiv. 

Face Shield Specifics

The design is based on open-source face shield models, similar to a 3D-printed visor recommended by the NIH. The recommended NIH design uses a swept-back headband that adds weight and decreased moldability. Fictiv has adapted the design to add a closed top, which is more consistent with ANSI standards. This design weighs under 50 grams and will be made using a material that provides the visor greater flex and comfort for lengthy all-day wear. This design also offers room under the face shield for goggles or larger respirators.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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