DC Inno Beat: Robotics Company 3D Printing PPE


Clarksburg’s Robotic Research is making reusable face shields for the region’s health care workers — with 3D printers. The company typically provides robotic tech to private and public sectors, and is now among the players arming hospital staff with personal protective equipment, for which an across-the-board shortage remains, in the fight against COVID-19. Robotic Research has made nearly 100 face shields, reported.

The robotic tech solutions provider joins a growing roster of businesses diving into the PPE game (just last week, Framebridge did something similar). And that’s important as the region’s clinicians prepare for a surge in coronavirus patients for which, without that gear, they would not be able to provide care. The efforts also come as health systems make cuts amid financial losses — today alone, Inova Health System eliminated hundreds of positions [subscriber content] — and doctors continue to grapple with their own uncertain futures [subscriber content].

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