Coca-Cola, Georgia Tech Produce 50,000 Surgical Shields

Donations will go to Atlanta hospital workers on the front lines.

April 06, 2020

ATLANTA—Two Atlanta-based groups are partnering to help medical workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. The Coca-Cola Company is working with Georgia Tech University to get as much protective gear as possible to hospitals across Atlanta, reports Fox 6 Now.

Engineers at Georgia Tech, including both students and faculty members, have worked to manufacture protective gear using lasers and 3D printers. To aid in production, Coca-Cola donated 6,000 pounds of plastic sheeting, which will result in more than 50,000 plastic surgical shields. 

Last Tuesday, the university dropped off a few donations, including one to Emory Healthcare. There are also plans with Georgia Pacific, Siemens and other companies to scale the creations to mass production.

To make this as widespread as possible, the engineers even released the design specs for people who have 3D printers at home. However, materials must be bleached or properly sanitized.

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