Call for Action | MD Makers Unite – Face Shields to Open Works in Baltimore
via Open Works + We the Builders
In response to the growing need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers during this time of crisis, We the Builders is partnering with local organizations Open Works and Innovation Works in Baltimore, Maryland to coordinate the supply chain, production, and delivery of protective face shields that can be used on the front lines.
The first step for each face shield is a 3D-printed frame structure—and we need your help to print them!
Prusa Labs in the Czech Republic designed an open-source face shield that can be 3D-printed and attached to a sheet of plastic. In combination with lower-grade surgical masks, face shields can provide the CDC-recommended level of protection for health care workers and first responders interacting with suspected COVID-19 carriers.
You can download the files to print at home, and send them to Open Works’ team of volunteers who will assemble the shields with a plastic visor and elastic band. Finished face shields will be distributed to hospitals and healthcare organizations in the Baltimore metro area as a first priority. As supply grows, we hope to be able to send further out!
Who can participate?
Anyone who meets ALL of the following criteria:
- Can physically deliver or ship parts to Open Works in Baltimore, Maryland. If you are located outside Maryland, we encourage you to reach out directly to your local community at getusppe.org where our friends at Nation of Makers are hard at work coordinating national efforts!
- Has access to a 3D printer with a bed size of at least 8”x6”. The size of the face shield print file is 7.52”x5.67”x1.27”.
- Has time and materials to print a minimum of 3 face shields. They can be packaged and delivered at once. Estimated print time for each shield is 6 hours and 105 grams of filament. Please make sure you have adequate time and filament available before signing up.
- Can follow the safety and sanitation protocol outlined here. Please be sure that you and no one in your household are sick, or have been in contact with any confirmed cases of COVID-19. You will need masks, gloves (or hand soap), AND sanitizer (diluted bleach solution, 70% isopropyl alcohol, or sanitizer like Star-San) to participate. All participating builders must sign a safety agreement covering their own health conditions, following safety protocols, and legal responsibilities.
If you meet these criteria, read on for instructions!