With everybody in the fight against COVID-19, adidas have revealed that long time collaborators of their, Carbon, who are responsible for producing the Three Stripes' 4D running outsoles, are now turning their attention to face masks, with the assistance of the German sports brand.

Carbon and adidas are utilising their extensive 3D printing capacity to help produce PPE face shields for U.S. healthcare workers and first responders. The face shields, based on an open-source design released by Carbon, are reportedly being made by adidas from the same material used for its 4D printed footwear products, using its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) systems to help 3D print them.

Carbon currently says it is producing over 18,000 PPE face shields per week and has the capacity to print over 50,000 across its global network. To facilitate the scaling of face shield production, the company has shared its face shield design, allowing anyone with a Carbon system to produce it, while those in need of PPE, can request face shields directly through the company. 

The company also announced that they are producing over 1 million nasopharyngeal swabs per week to help support widespread testing fo COVID-19.

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This news follows sport brand rival Nike’s announcement that they too are producing face shields made from Nike Air components. Further evidence that we’re all on the same team for this fight.