The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 have created huge challenges and opportunities for in-plant and commercial printers. While most news about the pandemic is horrific there are a few innovative companies who have figured how to help first responders and others that have created new products and services to increase their value. Here are a few.
1. Creating New Products
Materialise a Belgian 3D printing service provider created a hands-free door opener that can be used to eliminate the need for direct contact with door handles. As you can see in the picture below you can use your arm to open the door.
2. Making social distancing signage
SinaLite is a wholesale trade printer in Canada that sells products to other printers. If you’re an in-plant and don’t own signage equipment they will sell you signage at wholesale costs. They recently created a series of floor graphics to help support social distancing.
3. Making Face Shields
Perhaps the best known stories about printers helping in the pandemic involves making face shields. Printers with large format printing equipment and 3D printers are making face shields to help first responders throughout the nation. In my home state of Colorado, Colorado State University sent student employees home with 3D printers to make masks.
4. Making Plexiglas barriers.
Sandy Alexander is one of the leading commercial printers in the northeast. Like many printers with large format printing equipment they are creating face shields for healthcare workers. In addition, they are making clear plastic barriers that they install at retail companies with registers.
5. Remote Outsourcing
RSA has been working to help in-plants that have been forced to close there doors outsource work remotely. For those printers who use the RSA web to print software known as WebCRD they have created an interface with P3 the outsourcing software to transfer orders from WebCRD to P3 to outsource those jobs.
6. Start on Projects you don’t have time for
In a recent In-Plant Impressions article Laura Lockett, director of Sacramento State University Print & Mail said, “The upside is that many of us have a to-do list that we keep waiting for the slow time that never seems to come,” notes Lockett. “I’m hopeful that I will be crossing lots of things off my list in the weeks to come.”
These are just a few ways printers are helping fight the spread of the COVID-19 and create innovative products and services. If you have created other ways to fight the spread or created other new products and services we would love to hear from you. Please email your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org, because we are all in this together.