As with all businesses facing COVID-19, Y.N.G. LLC has had to make some changes to stay safe in the face of this global virus.
Additionally, as a small business we are working with extra diligence to ensure that our families, co-workers (who for several of us fall into both categories), and our customers and communities stay safe during this time.
We have modified our business hours and have temporarily closed our office to outside visitors for the duration of the emergency. If you visit, you will see a notice on our door that we will see customers in the parking lot by appointment only. We are still happy to serve as our community's drop off point for UPS packages, but we request you knock on the door for service and return to your vehicle. Our staff will come out to get your shipment. We are not creating UPS labels at this time. If you are unable to leave your vehicle, or wish to request an appointment, please use the online contact button or call during business hours, 8am-3pm. Our phone number is (219)866-4357.
We have also increased cleaning and sanitizing our work spaces, per CDC guidelines. As with any product you would purchase and use for food production, we would advise that you wash our cookie and fondant cutters before use in warm soapy water - NOT in the dishwasher. While we intend to continue to ship your orders within the usual timeframe, please note there may be some delays in shipping after it leaves our hands. If we find ourselves short on supplies for any reason, we will reach out and update you on your orders.
Thank you for supporting our small business. We wish you all good health and safety during this time. - Y.N.G. LLC
We at Y.N.G. LLC are aware of the strain COVID-19 has placed on the supply of personal protective equipment, especially respirators. While we do not have the capability to produce N95 certified medical respirators, we are helping to relieve some of the strain on the medical supply chain by producing filtration masks for non-medical persons. We are not alone in this endeavor. The 3D printing community at all levels from hobbyist to professional has stepped up across the US and abroad to produce solutions to the limited supply of protective gear.
We have developed designs for masks with round filters sized between 48mm (1.9 inch) and 60mm (2.4 inch). We have selected this size as compatible with commonly available cotton rounds, though users may select other filtration material at least 1.5 mm (0.06 inch) thick such as sections of surgical masks, allowing a user with access to such material to extend the usefulness of a single mask.
While specific filtration is up to the end user and the filter material they select, our masks can be used as part of an overall protective plan in combination with good hygiene and social distancing.
We have released a basic mask design to the community at no charge. That mask can be printed in sections on any household 3D printer and assembled using common household items. We have also developed and are producing a more rigid and fitted option similar to industrial filtration masks. Both are reusable, with replaceable filter elements, and can be cleaned and sanitized with warm water and soap or sanitizing spray.
Our free design is located on the Thingiverse website.
Our premium mask is available for sale on our web storefront. Local customers are welcome to purchase online or over the phone, and we will be happy to arrange curbside pickup at our facility in Rensselaer, IN during business hours.
We are aware of the limited supply of hospital ventilators, and have seen the reports of individuals in the 3D printing community attempting to make components for, or adaptations of, medical ventilators. We applaud the spirit of those involved in those projects, and the 3D printing community as a whole for their desire to pitch in to alleviate shortfalls in the medical supply chain.
However, the operating components of these devices are outside our expertise. At this time, we are not pursuing design or manufacturing of devices for use in a hospital setting. In our judgement, especially when considering patients in a medically critical state, life saving devices are best produced by those manufacturers who specialize in that field.
That said, this pandemic has been and is likely to remain a rapidly changing situation. If, in the coming weeks, the medical community identifies a specific need which we are able to meet and provides guidance on how we can fill that need without further jeopardizing those whose lives are most at risk, we stand ready to assist.