My name is Jenn. I am the owner and writer here at AllAboutClothDiapers.com. My hope is to use the reach of this site to implore you to help fight COVID19 (coronavirus) from your homes. I recently shared about sewing cloth masks from home. Now, I would like to let you know how you can make other personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professions.
Below, you will find directions and other resources to make face shields on your at home 3D printer. Thank you so much for reading, and even if you can’t make these, sharing the information is also invaluable. Please encourage anyone you know who has a 3D printer to make PPE for our front lines, our medical professionals, in the fight against COVID19.
To find places to donate, all you need to do is contact local health care centers such as hospitals and services like EMS. Just give them a call and tell them what you want to do and ask if they have specific requirements. Then get to work!
Thank you to Nisha Gupta and Jack Comstock for providing information and resources to others who also want to help. The following was written by Nisha:
We’d like to encourage individuals nationwide to coordinate in local efforts to produce face shields for healthcare workers. We are busy printing around the clock in the small print farm that we have assembled at the Homestead School in Upstate NY. Given the urgency of the crisis and the already exhausted supplies it is our hope that we can get every 3D printer in the country cranking out this life saving equipment.
We have located suppliers of the other materials needed to complete the face shields and will share all needed supplies, where to get them, and the link on how to assemble them. It’s very easy, so we can all join the effort!
1) The 3D printed shield: If you have a 3D Printer, the recommended design is the Budmen model, downloadable with assembly instructions on https://budmen.com. The print files as well as assembly instructions are all downloadable on the site, but I am attaching assembly instructions here as well.
2) Other items needed to complete the face shields are:
a. foam-Foam Tape 3/4in wide x 1/2in thick – cut to 9.5in long. This can be found at Home Depot’s, Lowes, and any hardware store.
b. crazy glue– can be bought online or in most any store.
c. 1/2 inch elastic-31 inches per mask. It can be purchased in 144 yd rolls from Steinlauf and Stoller at #212-869-0321 for $38 a roll. Dan was very helpful there.
d. Face shield– There are some being made to the specifics for this shield and ship in 3 days.https://papergala.com/products/petg-faceshield-plastic-10-pack.
3) Steps that can be taken to get production going locally:
– get trained staff into all school/college labs with 3D printers to get the head band part for the shield printing.
– get any individuals with a 3D printer printing
– get a sanitized “workshop” set up to assemble the shields.
* All of these steps can be taken considering social distancing. Each aspect of assembly can be done by 1 individual.
It is efficient to gather multiple 3D printers into one location where one person can be running the machines, given that each print job takes roughly one hour to complete. Alternatively, machines could be brought home by individuals, and completed visors can go to one central location to be assembled. That said, a person with a 3D printer can print the visors, get the supplies and complete face shields individually and get them to hospitals that need them.
If you are local, we can coordinate getting supplies to needed hospitals and help with assembly. If you are further away, we are happy to work with someone to coordinate efforts to get needed shields to your local healthcare workers, or shipped to areas in need, such as New York City.
Jack can be reached for technical issues with 3D Printing- he can help troubleshoot and Nisha can help with troubleshooting in general, not involving the 3D printing. Nisha’s email is [email protected] and Jack’s is [email protected].
We can also be reached anytime at 845-248-1042. Thank you for joining the cause to get our healthcare workers adequate protection as we work to slow the spread of this virus.
Nisha Gupta and Jack Comstock
Here are a few Facebook Groups focused on 3D printing of face shields to fight coronavirus (COVID19). They may be able to provide additional information and resources. I haven’t screened the groups. Please let me know of any other I can add to the list.
You can also find information about printing the behind the head mask strap adjuster below. It’s an easy way to make behind the ear masks much, much more comfortable:
Since first posting this, Jack and Nisha have delivered 150 shields to NYC, then 50 to Bon Secours Hospital, 30 to Catskill Regional Medical Center, 10 to Lumberland EMT, 12 to Catholic Charities, and are continuing to make more shields daily. Nisha has told me that her research shows there are approximately 1 million 3D printers across the United States. Her hope, and mine, is to get them into service for the greater good of all of us.
Many organizations are making PPE such as cloth masks and face shields. Even if you can’t make these items, please consider sending monetary donations. The funds will allow them to keep purchasing the raw supplies necessary to make the masks.
The Homestead School has not asked for cash donations. But I know they are needed and would be appreciated. If you would like to help their efforts I encourage you to donate.
Homestead School, 428 Hollow Rd, Glen Spey, NY 12737