Stepping up and helping out
One Hastings company is stepping up during this pandemic to help its community during a time when everyone is encouraged to help when they can.
Shabri LLC is 3D printing company as part of Innovative Prosthetics and Orthotics and has began making face masks and face shields to deliver to the community. The decision, according to the President and CEO, was a no-brainer.
"Sometimes you have to think beyond your business and yourself," Rakesh Srivastava said. :I think that what you can do for your community, the thing is you just have to step up sometimes and take that leadership."
These masks are medical grade, although not FDA-approved, they do provide protection from viruses and bacteria. They're being labeled as a "last resort" mask and will go to anyone who wants them: businesses, organizations, individuals, first responds and health care workers.
Shabri donated some masks to Mary Lanning and plans to donate some to Hastings Fire as well. The goal is to have the masks be 80 percent commercial and 20 percent donation-based.
The masks and shields take about 30 minutes to make and are printed on 12 different machines throughout the day, which leads to about 500 per day. It hopes to have 10,000 units of each item to administer.
"Our first goal is to see how we can serve our state because people are having problems getting some of those face masks and face shields from other states," Srivastava said.
The masks have a filter on them which can be replaced, they have adjustable straps to fit around any face and they're made entirely by the 3D printers.