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Snohomish County and Edmonds College partner to produce PPE

Series: Coronavirus | Story 248

Last updated 7/27/2020 at 10:20am

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Edmonds College manufactured face shields in response to a need by Snohomish County health-care providers at the WATR Center, the college's aerospace training center at Paine Field.

Edmonds College and Snohomish County have announced a partnership to produce locally sourced personal protective quipment (PPE). The colllege produced 200 face shields at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center (WATR) at Snohomish County's Paine Field Airport.

Frontline workers and first responders across Snohomish County have experienced difficulties procuring consistent supplies of PPE since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The uncertainty of supplies for specific types of PPE has continued as different sectors of the community reactivate and additional cases of COVID-19 emerge. Availability of PPE has also been impacted by regional demand and variability in international supply chains.

Snohomish County has been leading an effort to connect local production capacity for PPE with those who need it most. The sources of this production capacity range from privately-owned 3-D printers and sewing machines to privately operated businesses with equipment and personnel that could be retooled for PPE (design, 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutting, water jet cutting, computer numerical control, workspaces, welding, tools, etc.).

The WATR Center, owned and managed by Edmonds College, has equipment designed for training aerospace manufacturing workers that has been repurposed to produce face shields based on two designs. The center manufactured two types of shields for the county, including one, the ED19 Durable Face Shield, designed and developed by the college's makerspace team.

"This budding partnership proves the concept of being able to increase Snohomish County's resiliency in the face of uncertain emergencies in the future by encouraging a local supply chain of distributed manufacturing," said Jason Biermann, director of Snohomish County's Department of Emergency Management.

Info: http://washingtonaerospace.com/, edcc.edu/makerspace.


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