Tulsa 3-D Printing Company stepping up to help hospitals: ‘This crisis needs a solution’
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Behind the American flag at Rapid Application Group in Tulsa is a team of workers who realized they have something important to do.
“This is a crisis that needs a solution right now. That’s what we’re doing,” said Terry Hill.
Hill’s solution to use their 3-D printers to create personal protective equipment for health care workers and first responders.
“It’s just in our core DNA. If there’s somebody that needs help, if we have the resources, we’re going to give them everything that we can,” said Hill.
Owner Terry Hill is one who has never shied away from a tough mission.
The former Army Medevac pilot knows what it’s like to be in the middle of a battle.
“This fits the need, that I have been looking for personally, to help others,” said Hill.
In just 48 hours, the team has created a face shield that is ready to go.
Right now, they’re working with area hospitals to create a new mask that would help hospitals get around the critical shortage of N-95 masks.
The model they’re working on would be able to get six uses out of one mask because they’d use only pieces of it for a filtration system.
“Yes, I’m sure I have bags under my eyes because we’ve been pretty much working non-stop,” said Hill.
Hill said, they didn’t want to sit and wait around for orders from the government or even the hospitals.
They wanted to start helping now.
“Just to be quite honest, with rapid in our name, we’re not going to wait around for legislation and everything. We’re going to do what we can,” said Hill.
For Hill and his team, it’s a time for innovation, a time to step up and a time to help.
Courtesy of KTUL.com