Innosek uses 3D printing to create face shields in WNY

Hundreds of shields produced by Tonawanda company

Mike Baggerman
July 13, 2020 - 2:55 pm
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul tours Innosek Manufacturing in Tonawanda. July 13, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul tours Innosek Manufacturing in Tonawanda. July 13, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) - Innosek, a 3D manufacturing company, is developing face shields for response for the pandemic.

Because of state grants, the Tonawanda company was able to create hundreds of masks for the nation. Many masks were also donated to local first responders.

"On the peak of what we were doing, we were probably getting out maybe 300 to 500 a day," John Kappel, co-founder and General Manager of Innosek, said.

Face shield manufacturered by Tonawanda-based Innosek. July 13, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Face shield manufacturered by Tonawanda-based Innosek. July 13, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

The production has allowed them to expand to Tonawanda from Hamburg.

University at Buffalo graduate and Innosek COO Brian Bischoff said he has been in the 3D printing business since 2017. Initially, they were focused on business and consumer printing but have since transitioned to assist government agencies.

"We actually had some trouble reaching out to the state because there was a lot of people who stood up and said they could do this," Bischoff said. "I bet (the state) was very overwhelmed."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul praised the company for their work at the start of the pandemic.

"It's great to know that we can manufacture those right here and not have to go to China or supply chains that are riskier," Hochul said. "It's been a huge point of pride for me as a Western New Yorker to know what they've done here in this facility with a limited team but a lot of innovation and sweat equity."

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