Apple releases design and production instructions for its custom Face Shield

Earlier this month, Apple shared a full support document detailing the Face Shield it designed to protect healthcare professionals fighting on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Having already sourced over 20 million masks for healthcare workers to date, Apple is still pushing to do more.

In an effort to expand aid, the company shared a second support document to guide individuals and companies, who are also seeking to contribute, through the process of constructing shields.

In the support document, Apple provides material and weight value specifications for the fabrication of the shield, forehead band, and strap. Additionally, the document highlights laser cutting, water jetting, and die cutting as potential fabrication methods that can be used for the production of the face shield.

Instructions for the overall process, 2D cut files, and specific manufacturing files for each component of the face shield are available for download on Apple official website. The company has also set up the email address faceshieldmake@apple.com should anyone need further assistance with the fabrication process.

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been developed in collaboration with architecture studio Foster + Partners, sports brand Nike, and researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Cambridge.

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