Face Shields to Help Medical Staff During COVID-19

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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.

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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 determine if they require face shields. See if they are willing to pay $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 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.

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