Fine art and printing studio cuts medical protective equipment with Summa’s F1612 flatbed cutterJosh Hartas
It seems like yesterday when Fine Art Printing studio, POV in Los Angeles was busier than ever, printing for artists and photographers. Fast forward, and the company is now manufacturing medical protective equipment (PPE) to assist in the well known and widely reported shortages due to the Coronavirus.
Soon after the virus breakout, the company realised they had stock on vital material and equipment in their studio to rapidly cut large volumes of fabric, clear vinyl and more. The company teamed up with local vendors and sewing contractors, as well as colleagues and friends. That is how they were able to set up a high-volume production area and manufacture PPE to help out their community.
Summa F1612 in action to cut protective masks and goggles continuously
POV uses Summa cutting equipment, including the F1612 flatbed cutter with the High Torque Rotary Module and Electronic Oscillating Tool (EOT). By now the studio has cut thousands of face masks, face shields and goggles to supplement shortages in the state of Los Angeles and beyond.
Jeremy Mora, the Studio’s Owner explains: “Given that our normal operations have been severely disrupted – and instead of laying off our staff and simply closing – we’ve taken it upon ourselves to continue to employ our staff, so they can help out where it matters the most at this very moment.”
The company published all three designs, as well as their entire supply chain. This way, POV hopes to inspire other companies with similar machines available to do the same.
Or as Jeremy Mora would say: “Let’s come together and show that Los Angeles can flatten the curve so we can all get back to work. Let’s do this.”