Caucasian man wearing face mask and gloves holds face shield

Around the country, dozens of employees pitched in. Charlie Mann, a computer systems analyst in Illinois, who had seven 3D printers in his home, produced dozens of shields in just a few weeks. CJ Nesbitt, an engineering manager in California, also enlisted his own 3D printer as well as six others at the San Diego FabLab. His group made more than 5,500 face shields for local volunteer medical responders and healthcare workers.

In the end, Northrop Grumman FabLabs delivered about 16,700 face shields to healthcare workers in Arizona, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia. They also worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to send surplus equipment to hospitals experiencing critical needs. The FabLabs will be ready to rise to the challenge, should a need arise again.

Woman working in a manufacturing setting.

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