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 USA 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!
Anyone who meets ALL of the following criteria:
If you can meet these criteria, read on for instructions!
*- More detailed instructions on printing and sanitation will be provided once you are assigned a part ID.
Sounds easy enough, right? Just a few hours of your time can help save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing this vital protective gear for healthcare workers who need it most! Sign in to get started, and THANK YOU!
We The Builders is hosting this build using our collaborative platform for part-tracking and file hosting for community builds. We were founded at a Baltimore Hackathon in 2014 to make collaborative 3D printed sculptures.
Innovation Works is handling interfacing with health care providers, orders, and distribution. Innovation Works is a non-profit organization reducing Baltimore’s neighborhood and racial wealth divide by teaching and accompanying members of disinvested communities to build and own successful social enterprises.
Open Works is collecting finished parts, sanitizing, assembling, and packaging them for distribution. Open Works is a makerspace in Baltimore making tools, technology, and the knowledge to use them accessible to all.
Prusa Labs is a 3D printer manufacturer based in the Czech Republic that designed and published the face shield pattern we are using under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 license.
Nation of Makers is a national nonprofit supporting America’s maker organizations through community building, resource sharing, and advocacy, within the maker movement and beyond.
We would love to stay in touch! To keep some pressure off of the staff focusing on assembly, packaging, distribution, and healthcare interfacing, please join the Open Works Slack channel. Room:
This is a great way to share build and print information, crowdsource sanitation protocols, and aggregate parts for drop off if folks can’t get to Baltimore.
Want to share your awesome work? Please tag us on social media with the hashtag #makersunite and we will follow YOUR amazing contributions.
We the Builders is all about mobilizing groups of printers to build things together. Our platform was made for this kind of collaboration! We’re stepping up in this time of need, but we also make art sculptures. If you want to get involved in future builds, sign up for our mailing list, or consider donating to support our work.
Additionally, please consider making a charitable donation to support Open Works. Your contribution will cover the costs of materials and to re-hire furloughed part-time Open Works staff members to fabricate and assemble PPE. Open Works is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
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Our thanks to all the individuals who are making this project happen!