Three Weiler employees are doing their part to assist local healthcare providers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin Kincaid, CEO of Knoxville Hospital & Clinics reached out to the Knoxville based manufacturer asking if the company had access to a 3D Printer to manufacture face shields. While Weiler does not have a 3D printer, three employees are busy producing face shields on their personal, home-based printers.
Manufacturing Engineer Tony Gulbranson, Quality Technician Tommy Smith and Controls Engineer Intern Nathan Priest spend hours each night after their regular work shift printing the shields.
The original design for the shields took approximately four hours, but with the help of Weiler engineers, the latest design can be produced in 45 minutes. The trio are producing between 30 and 40 shields daily, with the goal to provide 500 shields to local healthcare facilities.