CTRL + P for PPE: How to make your own 3D-printed face shields
ONLY MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS used to know what “PPE” stood for. Now it’s common parlance—and it’s in short supply. Personal protective equipment such as face masks and face shields are vital to protect healthcare workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but there’s not nearly enough to go around.
We can’t all be doctors, but if you have access to a 3D printer, you can help by making PPE in your own home or office. The best place to start is getting in touch with medical professionals in your local community to find out what they need and what designs they’ve approved. (Many areas have even set up COVID-19 tech exchange Facebook groups to facilitate this.) In case you’re ready to get involved, here’s how face shields are being 3D printed at SparkCognition’s office in Austin.