Amazon to mass-produce face shields, make available at-cost online for frontline workers and general customers amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Amazon announced Thursday it will mass-produce face shields and list them at-cost on its website.

Amazon announced in a company blog Thursday it will start mass-producing face shields and list them at-cost on in the next few weeks.

The company hopes to make hundreds of thousands available over the next few weeks and said it will list them at a "significantly lower price," almost a third of the cost. It will also prioritize frontline workers.

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The idea stems from Amazon engineers working with a 3D printing community group in Washington.

The shields are National Institutes of Health-approved and available via an open source license for 3D printing and injection molding.

Amazon has donated 10,000 face shields so far and will deliver another 20,000 in the coming weeks.