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Face Shields to Help Medical Staff During COVID-19‚Äč

 

Amid all the turmoil surrounding the pandemic COVID-19, we realize how important our community is.  Midwest Prototyping has partnered with design firm Delve and the University of Wisconsin – Madison Makerspace to create a face shield to help combat the shortage.  We’ve dedicated several of our AM technicians and office personnel to this project and are further refining the design and production process as we go. These face shields will be delivered to healthcare workers who are working on the front lines.  Below are the instructions and material list should you or your organization like to create your own shields to help with this shortage.

 

The N95 face shield is used at the University of Wisconsin hospital and is an affordable option when materials are purchased from McMaster-Carr in bulk coming out at $1.70 per shield for 1000 shields.  Working together we’ve developed an adaptation of this shield.  Delve provided the drawing for anyone to use.  (We hope local manufacturers, makers spaces, and handy families used this design to help make shields for their hospitals and healthcare workers.).  Midwest Prototyping created an assembly line to produce the shields.  

 

If you are interested in purchasing face shields please visit UW Makerspace.

 

Helpful Hints for DIY

To complete this project here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Connect with the hospital. Before you start the project figure out who to talk to to find out if they have a need for face shields. See if they are willing to pay between $2 and $3 per shield to cover costs. Make sure their materials department will approve of the shield.
  • Ask for Money. For the whole project, it’s about $2,000 in materials to make 1,000 face shields. We suggest selling these to the hospitals, not donating them to make sure your organization will be able to keep working on this and not lose steam.  
  • Equipment. A laser cutter, a stapler, and a pair of scissors are ideal. The laser cutter can be replaced with a shear or scissors. Gloves and cleaning equipment and an area you can keep segregated so the face shields stay clean (not sterile).
  • Labor. You need people to assemble them, package them and transport them.

The three materials needed for this project are directly linked below:

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