During this time of uncertainty, we can all feel a little anxious. Personally I find that doing "something", no matter how small, helps relieve a lot ...
During this time of uncertainty, we can all feel a little anxious. Personally I find that doing "something", no matter how small, helps relieve a lot of this anxiety.
One of my many hobbies is 3D printing, I've been involved for several years, and now have multiple printers. So, with the call of all our first responders that they are running short on equipment, I found a PPD that I could manufacture at home, using what I already own.
These personal protective devices are apparently in short supply. It is possible to 3D print them, so there is quite a bit of that going on in the 3D printer community. They will all be provided to hospitals and first responders as needed.
With my personal 3D print farm (I say that because I have multiple printers 😉), I can make between 5 and 7 of these a day. Additionally, since I have a CNC laser, I can also cut the clear face shields.
Yesterday Amazon delivered enough materials (clear acetate sheets) for me to make 100 of the face shields, so my current goal is to make 100 more of these masks. The 2nd batch went out to my local Fire Department and EMT’s last night, with the next two batches destined for the hospital my future daughter in-law works at in NYC.
Here are the two parts that have to be printed (they take between 6 and 7 hours to print, depending on which printer they are on):
3D printed parts
This is the assembled piece (the clear shield only takes 17 seconds to cut on the laser):
Assembled face shield
Here is the Love production farm – 12 complete sets of parts, with 3 more sets currently printing:
3D printers and new printed parts