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Tonawanda 3D printer gets grant to expand face shield production

Innosek, a 3D printing company in Tonawanda, has won a $10,000 grant from FuzeHub to help it expand its production of face shields that are being used in the fight to contain the coronavirus.

The grant will allow Innosek to buy nine additional 3D printers and material needed to produce face shields for health care workers and first responders. The expansion will allow Innosek to increase its weekly production of face shields by about 40% to 1,500 units from 1,100.

Innosek uses its 3D printers to produce the frames for face shields and then assembles the full unit with transparent sheets and elastic bands. It has earned contracts for face shields from national and regional health care institutions. Innosek, which has six permanent employees, recently hired six temporary workers.

FuzeHub is the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

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