LNG Studios pivoted its business from 3D modelling for real estate to making personal protective equipment during the pandemic.
When COVID-19 arrived in our community, thousands of local businesses closed their doors or fundamentally changed how they function. For most small businesses, it became a game of survival. Many have had to adopt, tweak or change direction to keep afloat. One business that had to pivot is LNG Studios. It’s a company that creates virtual reality simulations for architects, engineers and real estate developers, but since April 2020 they’ve been making personal protective equipment, or PPE.
When real estate developments were paused at the beginning of the pandemic, LNG Studios suddenly had no projects or cash flow. The owner, Leon Ng, had to inform his team that the business was on pause. That is, until a doctor from Richmond Hospital reached out to Leon. They were in dire need of PPE and were wondering if LNG could produce 3D-print face shields. Leon Ng spoke to his team and realized that it was something they could make and provide. At the time, they only had five 3D printers and were able to produce one face shield every 45 minutes. He reached out to the community and was able to rally 300 local 3D printers to meet the initial request by local hospitals and health authorities, but the requests kept coming. Soon other organizations and retail with essential frontline workers were inquiring about face shields.