Support Us in Making Face Shields for Those on the Front Lines Fighting COVID-19

EDIT May 31, 2020:

A milestone this week! We hit over 500 total PPE face shields, and over 450 ear savers distributed. We’ve been getting confirmation from most of our local hospitals that they have a surplus of shields (we’re awaiting confirmation from one of the hospitals), so we’ve begun winding down a little to make more ear savers. Hospitals and first responders were our first batches of the ear savers, and now that some reopening is happening, we’re sending some out to local businesses.

EDIT May 3, 2020:

THANK YOU! Thank you to all that have helped support us in making PPE face shields for our local hospitals and EMS folks. Your support has helped us purchase 3D printing filament, transparency film, 3D printer upgrades to increase the quality and consistency of prints, replacement micro SD card (after we had one go bad), and…. AN ADDITIONAL 3D PRINTER!

CR-10S

Your support has helped us cover nearly 40% of our costs of materials to date.

This week, we not only completed and distributed 65 PPE face shields, we had our first batch of 48 ear savers! We now have 269 PPE face shields that have been distributed and in service at local hospitals and EMS folks.

2020-05-03-FS-ES

If you’re not familiar, ear savers are neat little things that instead of hooking the elastic of a surgical style mask to the ears, causing irritation over the course of a long shift, one instead hooks it to one of the prongs of the ear saver.

ES

Of course, Ian created on his iPad, and included a pictorial demo of how to use the ear saver.

Ian-ES-Demo

Thank you again to all who have helped us! If you’d like to help support us as we continue to make PPE face shields and ear savers, we’d be very appreciative, and you can find more information below!


ORIGINAL POST Apr 10, 2020:

You may be thinking, “Wait, this isn’t about woodworking!”. No, it’s not. Bear with me though.

When COVID-19 began impacting the United States, and it was apparent that our front line medical professionals were going to have a shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), we wanted to find a way to help.

Our son received a 3D printer for Christmas a couple of years ago – he is pretty tech savvy. He and I researched models that we could likely produce in decent enough numbers given the speed and capacity of his 3D printer. He then showed me how to import the model into the slicing software, then slice it so we could copy the resulting gcode file to the micro SD card the printer reads off of. Yes, the kid showed the IT guy how to do something technical… ha! Once we had enough frames printed, it was family assembly line time! To be honest, as a kid on the autism spectrum/ADHD and prone to some anxiety, I think it helps him to know we are helping in some small way.

We have been printing for over two weeks now, and as of this writing (10 Apr), we have 75 PPE face shields distributed to and in use at two local hospitals and some with EMS folks. We did run into some print quality issues and failed prints late this past week, which made us had to take a step back and troubleshoot. Some friends in the maker community have offered advise to help us get back on track. From their feedback, we have a bed upgrade on order. Despite this past week’s setback, the number of shields out there will be over 100 by the end of the weekend.

We now have a good sense of how many face shields we can produce in a week, and how much material we are consuming in making these. We just received additional filament and transparency film packages. We expect to use a 1kg spool of filament every 1.5 – 2 weeks, and a 100 count package of transparency film every 2 – 2.5 weeks or so. We intend to continue as long as there is a need.

How can you help?

  1. If you have a 3D printer, please consider putting to use to make some version of PPE. The model of face shield we are making is from the folks at 3DVERKSTAN. However, there are many models for face shields and masks that you can choose based on your 3D printer’s specifications.
  2. If you would like to help us offset our costs of production, and would like to make a monetary contribution, we would be very appreciative! That makes you awesome!

Thank you and stay safe!

Jim, Anita, and Ian

Support Us in Making Face Shields for Those on the Front Lines Fighting COVID-19 | $5 Level

You can help us offset costs of making PPE Face Shields for our front line medical professionals! Thank you! You're awesome!

$5.00

Support Us in Making Face Shields for Those on the Front Lines Fighting COVID-19 | $10 Level

You can help us offset costs of making PPE Face Shields for our front line medical professionals! Thank you! You're awesome!

$10.00

Support Us in Making Face Shields for Those on the Front Lines Fighting COVID-19 | $25 Level

You can help us offset costs of making PPE Face Shields for our front line medical professionals! Thank you! You're awesome!

$25.00

Support Us in Making Face Shields for Those on the Front Lines Fighting COVID-19 | $50 Level

You can help us offset costs of making PPE Face Shields for our front line medical professionals! Thank you! You're awesome!

$50.00