Ford is pitching in to build more air filtration systems in the fight against the virus outbreak. The system design uses existing Ford F-150 parts (such as the F-150 ventilated seat blower motor) to make it a reality and do it on a very short schedule.
Ford is teaming up with 3M, GE, and the UAW to help design and produce respirators for healthcare workers and ventilators for COVID-19 Coronavirus patients.
The air filtration system is called Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs). These system will be produced at both Ford and 3M production facilities to meet urgent demand.
(Referring to the image above.) Dave Jacek, 3D printing technical, wears a prototype of a 3D-printed medical face shield printed at Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.
Ford is collaborating the United Auto Workers (UAW) to produce up to 100,000 full face shields per week.
General Motors and other automotive companies are helping as well. GM is collaboraing with Ventec Life Systems to increase production of its respiratory medical healthcare products.
It’s great to see companies like this coming together in a time of urgent need to make a big impact and hopefully save many lives.