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Space Tank Studio, Australia’s most innovative and commercially driven makerspace, answered the call from Government to supply personal protective equipment (PPE).
Holger Dielenberg and Scott Anderson wanted Space Tank’s new Design Department to be of service to everybody in the community who needs health PPE.
“When Lockdown#1 hit, we asked our ourselves how can we put our prototyping technology and design smarts to good use? The support we received from Steve Zanon and the Assistive Technology ecosystem helped us fast track the design and commercialisation of face shields,” Scott explains.
This is where their remarkable six week sprint to collaboratively develop and supply the Rapid Shield begins: Holger and Scott the maker alchemists; and Steve the orchestrator, connecting business opportunities and opening doors.
The Covid-19 pandemic exposed Australia’s supply chain vulnerability. In an effort to build national sovereignty for health PPE and reduce the nation’s reliance on overseas manufactured imports, the collaborators seized the moment to conceive, design and manufacture in Australia.
“The Federal Government asked us to quote for five million face shields for Commonwealth hospital staff. But when I looked at the proximity of kids in schools and human crowds in supermarkets, I knew we all should wear PPE,” Holger says.
As Steve points out: “It’s not just healthcare frontline staff who need health PPE and supply chain security in times of crises—it’s anybody in occupations that require close proximity to other people. This effects all of us!”
In Lockdown#2, Melbourne’s mandatory wearing of face masks has proven that this team’s foresight was correct. Space Tank’s Australia-wide supply of face shields now helps thousands of individuals in all occupations to stop the spread of COVID-19.