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Local company uses 3D printer to make face shields

North Bay’s Hillcrest Cabinets is doing their part to help out the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic
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A bundle of face shields headed for the North Bay Regional Health Centre. Photo courtesy Facebook.

Another North Bay company is adapting to the challenges of the pandemic by changing its production line to help in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

Hillcrest Cabinets is utilizing its 3D printer to help make face shields.  The first bundle of 30 was delivered to the North Bay Regional Health Centre on Tuesday. 

Owner Justin Lahaie decided to help out after he heard last week that the North Bay Regional Hospital Foundation was asking the public to donate any personal protective equipment which could be used by hospital staff.  

"We are not running at full capacity so we wanted to keep busy and to do our part to keep this virus at bay," Lahaie told CKAT

“It takes about an hour and a half to print one and we’re printing about eight at a time. We are printing a few and then we assemble them. Luckily the people over at Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart helped us out with the bands to strap it on.” 

Lahaie says the design was posted online in what has become a huge movement by owners of 3D printers to make personal protective equipment. 

He encourages other local businesses with 3D printers to help out as well. 

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