Makers Join The Fight Against COVID-19
If you are like many Americans, you are probably sheltering at home due to the Coronavirus outbreak. You may even be thinking to yourself, “I really want to help, but I’m not sure how.” Many makers saw a lack of supplies in the medical field and took the initiative to make face shields and face masks for local hospitals in need of supplies.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is spread “between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.” This means that face masks and face shields are vital for healthcare workers fighting this virus on the front lines because it protects them from the transmission of Covid-19. Unfortunately, hospitals around the world, and even in the United States are facing a shortage of safety equipment, according to the New York Times. However, this necessity has driven innovation within our country.
Manufacturers such as Ford Motors, 3M, and GE are stepping up to the challenge. GE has even begun creating new 3-D printed face shields, according to the Washington Post. This invitation has not just stopped with large corporations. Local sewing groups are joining together (virtually) to sew cloth facial masks. And according to CNN, some hospitals, facing dire shortage, welcome them. Finally, makers around the country are beginning to mobilize, following suit with GE and creating face shields.
Most makers are implementing a combination of laser-cut plastic for the plastic shield that goes in front of the healthcare worker and using 3-D printers to print the headband that holds the shield in place. Makers have even taken to the web to share their models to help other makers join the fight against the Coronavirus!
We at 1st Maker Space are joining the fight. We are working with our local hospital to produce face shields in our lab to help those healthcare workers on the front line. Having a 3D printer or laser cutter and looking to help? Consider reaching out to your local hospital. Community Hospital in Indianapolis had this form on their website, and we have already reached out to them and can coordinate any face mask donations in the Indianapolis area.
Join the maker movement today. We’re already changing the world. #makersgonnamake