An update on our response to the Coronavirus crisis:

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" -Fred Rogers

At a certain point, it's not enough to look for the helpers. We need to be the helpers. It has been difficult for many to sit idly in quarantine while watching this tragedy unfold. When the call came out for all makers to mobilize their capacity in an effort to protect our medical personnel, we were compelled to respond. 

In partnership with the Digital Design Studio, our 3D printers have been running at full speed. We are producing copies of the Verkstan Protective Visor, linked below.  We have provided visors to essential Wesleyan staff, and continue to make donations to Middlesex Hospital, Middletown Healthcare providers, and other Connecticut providers. 

While on-site volunteer opportunities are scarce due to the social distancing measures in place, there's no reason you can't help too. Below is a list of PPE that you can produce at home. Whether you have access to a printer, a sewing machine, a laser cutter or a simple pair of scissors, you can make a difference too. At the end of the page is a list of Connecticut hospitals that are advertising for donations. If you're not in CT, chances are very high that you can locate gaps close to home. 

All the best to you during these times. We're all in this together.

FOR SCISSORS AND HOLE PUNCH

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Open source face shield
Developed by NYU Tanden Future Labs
Link to printable files and instructions
https://open-face-website.now.sh/instructions
.007"-.01" PET or polycarbonate

 

FOR SEWING MACHINES

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Simple Cotton Face Masks
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgHrnS6n4iA&feature=youtu.be

 

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The Olson Mask
PDF Pattern and video link
https://www.unitypoint.org/cedarrapids/sewing-surgical-masks.aspx

FOR LASERS

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Proto Shield
https://www.protohaven.org/proto-shield/
Laser cut visor and headband.
.060” or 1.5mm PETG sheet (approximately 16” x 2” per shield)
.020” or .5mm PETG sheet (approximately 9.5” x 9.5” per shield)
.75” or 20mm elastic band (approximately 14” per shield)

FOR 3D PRINTERS

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Prusa Protective Face Shield
https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857
3D printed visor mount
Recommend PETG filament
FAQ:https://help.prusa3d.com/en/article/3d-printed-protective-face-shields-faqs_125479

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Verkstan Protective Visor
https://3dverkstan.se/protective-visor/
Recommend PETG or PLA filament
Shield portion uses clear acetate or PVC report cover from Staples.

LOOK FOR LOCAL DONATION DRIVES IN YOUR AREA

Here are just a few in Connecticut:

Hartford Health Care
https://hartfordhealthcare.org/health-wellness/coronavirus/ppe-donations

Day Kimball Healthcare
https://www.daykimball.org/ppe-donations/default.aspx

Griffin Health
https://www.griffinhealth.org/coronavirus-covid19-information/covid-19-fund-donations

Be sure to contact them ahead of time to arrange pickup/shipping. And to see if they accept what you have to offer. Some places won't take equipment that is not from a reputable manufacturer, while others are actively seeking anything they can get, from hand-sewn to 3D printed. The need is real and standards are constantly shifting.