With more and more people falling ill to COVID-19, hospitals and healthcare professionals are asking for help and many in our community are taking the call.
Hammerspace Community Workshop, a Kansas City makerspace [Aug ’19 article], is bringing together a coalition of Makers and techies, to 3d print face masks for metro hospitals. Due to the national shortage, especially of N95 masks, it’s been imperative that shields are produced. If you need a CAD file Makers are currently using in the relief efforts, Hammerspace Workshop has uploaded Laser cut Face Shield PDF, Assembly Instructions, Elastic Adapter for Prusa RC2 Compatible Shields PDF, and Lasercut Acrylic headgear for 3 hole punched transparency film face shield files to their site.
However, there is a big problem facing them, and that’s money. To 3d print face shields, materials are needed such as plastic and filament. Makerspaces have taken on the financial burden of the cost of printing (filament, electricity, printer wear, etc) and of some of the other needed elements (the elastic strap at the back of the mask).
But, they are beginning to run short on filament and other items needed to complete the masks as well. A gofundme has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/f/masks-for-docs-kansas-city.
A group page on Facebook also been set up called PPE for Docs. It is coordinating Makers in Kansas City and the surrounding metro in helping print and provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for medical professionals. With information, such as registering, inventory, delivery and dropping off, it’s resources will help you produce the shields for doctors and nurses.
Find a similar cause in your area. There is a global demand for PPE, and makers are stepping up to rapidly produce face shields. The WSJ How to Help column tells readers how regular people can help fill the medical supply gap, including the #GetUsPPE, a place where they are working to build a national, centralized platform to enable communities to get PPE to healthcare providers on the frontlines of the COVDID-19 pandemic.
- The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global effort. Your donation goes towards where the need is the greatest.
- Donate and Volunteer at food banks. Feeding America lets you find your local food bank.
- Donate to nonprofits helping to respond to COVID-19 – and your favorite cause as well.
- Support the food service industry and small businesses that employ low-wage employees.
- Visit your vulnerable (elderly, healthcare, essential worker) neighbors and check-in. Help with small tasks such as grocery shopping, child care, errands. Our healthcare workers are on the front-lines with their families at home.
- Millions of students rely on free lunches. Call your local school district if there is a need for fundraising, preparation or distribution.
- Wash your hands often, clean your phone, clean your home and practice social distancing.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, remember to protect yourself and others using the CDC guidelines. Together we can help our healthcare system and community.