Our effort to fight covid-19
Prusa has been releasing new versions almost daily. These are being checked by the Czech Ministry of Health.
Follow the link to the Files to see the most up-to-date information
Please see print/post-processing info here
The rigid face masks require a P3 particle filter, but it is still not confirmed that these are 100% effective to prevent the spread of the virus.
For most up-to-date info on the formable Copper3D mask, follow the link above.
There has been an effort to 3D print ventilator parts, and there are parts available to do so on GrabCAD. However, the safety of these models is highly questionable at this point. We have therefore not included links to these files, but we will keep updated this page if a certifiably safe ventilator model is designed.
We are looking to buy plastic for face shields, filament to continue printing masks and shields, and all the while making sure that our business can stay open after this crisis is over. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, but if you would be willing to donate any amount, we would be extremely appreciative. Click the button to donate below.
We are working on setting up a nonprofit branch of The Makery to allow for tax-deductible donations.
we need your expertise & connections
The Makery and its community are full of creative and hard-working people, and we are confident that if we pool our knowledge and resources, we can truly make a big difference in this fight against COVID-19. If you have any information or expertise in the following areas, please Contact Us below:
Partnership/donations from sheet plastic manufacturers to produce face shields
Information about hospital need and current regulations on face shields, ventilator equipment, masks, and hand sanitizer
What would be the best way of gaining data on this from hospitals across MA?
Logistical information about dropping off supplies to hospitals in the Greater Boston area
Any makerspaces in the Greater Boston area who would like to partner with us to increase production capacity and share information/files
Parsing the data in the Google sheet, found above, to determine how best to use the resources given to address the most pressing needs
After seeing the news that the Italian 3D printing start-up, Isinnova, had modeled a ventilator valve successfully, possibly saving hundreds of lives, The Makery staff and I have dove headfirst into determining how best we can contribute. The growing distributed manufacturing effort that is spreading across makerspaces and production companies is an uplifting show of unity and support for our local communities, and we are very honored and excited to be a part of it.
However, there are some challenges. We have identified several key questions that are guiding us through our approach to this crisis.
What is the most useful thing we can produce?
Masks? Hand sanitizer? Face shields? Ventilator components? Each of these things comes with their own set of concerns and challenges, but we believe that all would be helpful in the fight against this disease. The questions that remain to be answered in relation to this are:
What do hospitals need most, and when?
We are trying to assess the needs of hospitals through research and reaching out to the biotech groups and hospitals who recently called for information about what supplies companies can provide, and will hopefully direct us as to where we can be most helpful.
2. What is safest for us (and other makerspaces with 3D printers and laser cutters) to make?
We don’t want to add to the spread or mortality rate by providing unregulated products that could be deleterious to the health of patients.
As of now, it seems as though the products that fit the bill in this capacity are
1) Face shields
Prusa Research has already created manufacturing files and guidelines for, assessed twice by the Czech Ministry of Health, see links below
2) Hand sanitizer
One of the founders of The Makery, Manny Cabanas, was involved in developing a hand sanitizer factory in Uganda in the past and has offered his expertise to begin production here in Brookline.
We will be working to determine if we can safely produce these products and the ventilator parts (which have now been posted on GrabCAD, see links below), and seek the help of anyone in hospital operations positions who may know what the greatest need is and what they are willing to take, unregulated, from makerspaces.
3. What materials do we have (or can procure) in the current climate?
What we have:
3D printers (6) and plenty of Onyx and PLA filament
Laser cutter (20” X 30” bed)
Willing staff members, who could assemble and distribute supplies
What we need:
We are seeking partnership with plastics manufacturers, specifically of .5mm PETG sheets, as this is a key component of the face shields. We are also trying to foster a community of makers and makerspaces willing to join us in the production of this equipment to expand our distributed manufacturing capabilities.
What are the logistical challenges and solutions with distributed manufacturing?
Where else can these be produced?
There is a public Google Sheet that has been collecting the information of people across the world who have manufacturing capability, from 3D Print Farms to hobbyists. If you would like to contribute, please input your information here:
But, how do we reach out to and organize these disparate production sites? I have to believe that there are countless other people trying to solve this puzzle, but if you have experience with Big Data and would like to give it a shot, we would love to hear from you.
How can these products be quality-checked?
With products coming from 3D printers and laser cutters of all models and qualities, it is seemingly impossible to regulate the parts that are produced. In this climate, I would believe that regulations would have to become more lax, but that doesn’t mean that we should not take utmost precaution before sending out parts that may be harmful to someone who will depend on the device.
If you know of a way to funnel products produced through distributed manufacturing through standard QC channels for the parts they are replicating, please reach out to us.
How can they be delivered?
Our team at The Makery is primed and ready to start delivering parts, but we need to know where, both which hospitals/clinics and the logistics of dropping them off. If you are affiliated with a local hospital and have information about this, please let us know.
Is there funding available for this?
As a small business reliant on classes and events, we have been hit pretty hard by this crisis. As much as we want to help, we have limited resources at this time, and are seeking any funding available to allow us to put our full force behind this effort. See our How You Can Help section to donate.