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Okinawa Marines produce COVID-19 protective gear using 3D printers

  • April 17, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF) has disclosed that it is producing face shields and other protective gear using 3D printers for its personnel to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The papers wrote that III MEF said it has produced more than 400 face shields and 4,800 face mask frames using over 60 3D printers around the clock and delivered them to medical practitioners and other staff at bases in the prefecture. The papers speculated that the move is intended to dispel concern over the virus outbreak’s impact on security by demonstrating the U.S. military’s readiness amid the spread of infection among U.S. military units, including U.S. Forces Japan. The papers wrote, however, that information on the use of 3D printers may be useful for Japan since it is facing a shortage of masks for medical practitioners.

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