Adapting to the Pandemic
3D printing played a significant role in the immediate response to Covid-19 as a fast and reliable means of local production. In spring 2020, when NYC was the epicenter of the pandemic and experiencing a critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Makelab stepped up to produce face shields and mask extenders. For Makelab, adapting their operations to help protect New Yorkers was a no-brainer. The team was contracted to provide PPE directly to aid frontline workers at local hospitals.
Also, the founders flipped roles with their team to maximize safety. While their staff worked remotely handling account management, Christina and Manny – then classified as emergency workers – were in the lab running hands-on production.