ArcelorMittal, a multinational steel giant that employs around 10,000 workers in Northwest Indiana, is using 3D printers to make ventilators and face shields to aid in the coronavirus fight in Spain and Mexico.
The Luxembourg-based steelmaker designed ventilators that could support patients with acute respiratory difficulties. They are currently being tested for regulatory approval.
“Our success over the years has been built on the foundation provided by our engineering capabilities and R&D expertise, and more recently, exploring the potential of 3D printing for steel solutions," ArcelorMittal Research & Development CEO Greg Ludkovsky said. "But in a time of a crisis, we all want to help so we look at our resources and consider what role we can play.”
In just two days, the company's R&D center in Spain developed face shields attached to the helmet that workers can wear in its plants and face shields doctors and other medical professionals can wear on their heads while treating patients infected with the fast-spreading coronavirus. The company has delivered more than 350 face shields thus far to Spanish hospitals, and ArcelorMittal Mexico started producing a similar design of face masks.
The company is targeting large scale production of the face shields and working with external partners to make that happen.
“Enabling a rapid supply of ventilators and face shields is critical in helping beat this virus and I am very proud that our company and our people are able to contribute their skills and expertise to help make this a reality," ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal said.