The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed the Maker Movement into embracing their role in emergency response. Like ham radio operators before, Makers are helping governments, NGOs and non-profits fill critical skill and manufacturing gaps that are exacerbated when disaster strikes.
From 3D-printing face shields and sewing face masks; to MacGyver’ing a massive number of ventilators, makers are doing their part as global citizens in ways that would have been unfathomable just a decade ago.
If you have skills and would like to get involved here are some resources to consider:
- NIH Approved 3D Printable PPE
- prusa3d.com/covid19 (download the STL files needed to print face masks on your 3D printer)
- NIH Face Mask
- Make Magazine Plan C
- UV Disinfecting of PPE
- NIH Surgical Mask Tension Relief for Ears
And some organizations that do this work all year-round and not tied specifically to COVID-19 response:
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Updated 10 April 2020.