Innosek provides on-demand contract manufacturing for engineers and focuses on volumes of 200 to 2000 units using additive manufacturing (3D printing). The Buffalo, New York company also offers prototyping as a service and 3D design to complement its production capabilities. Innosek has partnered with over 200 companies and 3D printed 100,000+ parts.
John Kappel, co-founder of Innosek, needed to scale-up production quickly. Due to COVID-19 supply chain constraints, current customers couldn’t source what they needed and were sending Innosek more business. At the same time, a global medical company asked Innosek to manufacture face shields that would be supplied to hospitals across the United States.
Innosek applied for and won a COVID-19 Manufacturing Grant from FuzeHub. This $10,000 grant enabled the company to purchase nine additional 3D printers. In turn, the increased capacity enabled Innosek to complete an order of 30,000 face shields while increasing regular production for other customers.
Innosek’s ability to complete the initial order led to another order for 30,000 face shields. The company’s role in the fight against COVID-19 also provided valuable publicity and prompted a visit from New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.