Note: If you are a healthcare worker in the NYC area, you can request PPE on our website, nycmakesppe.com.
We are NYC Makes PPE, a coalition of engineers, healthcare professionals, professors, researchers, students, and makers. We have teamed up to make and distribute custom Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare professionals, frontline workers, affected families, at-risk residents, and other priority groups against exposure to COVID-19. This includes 3D printed face shields, sewn face masks, and other equipment, made right here in NYC.
We have already distributed more than 15,000 face shields, 4,000 sewn cotton masks, 5 gallons of hand sanitizer, and other PPE. All of us are volunteering our time and skills, but we need funds to pay for materials, molds, tooling, and other manufacturing costs.
We urgently need more funds to support PPE manufacturing
It’s not just medical staff who need our equipment. We are extending our reach to other underserved frontline workers such as custodial staff, transit personnel, and other high-contact occupations who lack access to the appropriate PPE. Even after the government lifts the regional lockdown, we must continue to protect our essential workers. We also need to prepare our response for a possible future wave of the crisis: experience has taught us that having funds in place early helps us to act fast and decisively in response to new events.
What we make and distribute
As makers, we regularly create custom equipment using 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and other rapid manufacturing tools. The worldwide maker community creates and shares new designs every day. We have already manufactured many thousands of units of two of the most promising face shield designs:
WISC is a face shield manufactured from plastic transparency, foam tape, and elastic. It was the first design we used, and volunteers at several makerspaces in New York are still actively producing this model.
3DVerkstan is our preferred 3DP design. A two piece design with a forehead frame and snap-on shield, it does not require foam or elastic parts. We are now mass producing these at large scale using injection molding. We have many of these frames in stock pending distribution, in addition to the thousands we have already shipped. Injection molding orders must be large to be economical, and we need your support to continue injection molding at scale.
100% Cotton Sewn Masks
In partnership with the NYC Face Mask Initiative, the Skilled Laborer’s Brigade, and at home volunteers, NYC Makes PPE assists with the manufacturing and acquisition of 100% cotton face masks, and we are planning to place large orders of cotton face masks using our chosen design.
These masks are designed for wear in healthcare settings in conjunction with N95 masks to prolong their usage. To date, we have distributed over 4,000 masks to healthcare facilities and workers.
All donations and support towards the goal amount go directly to the manufacturing and distribution costs of the PPE listed above.
Follow our progress!
More details on our efforts can be found at nycmakesppe.com, which also has a list of PPE delivered so far. If you are a healthcare worker in the NYC area, you can request PPE there. We have also published our designs and resources for other groups who may wish to use them.
Follow our progress on social media!
Your donor support is greatly appreciated! Please spread word as well, even if you are unable to donate yourself.
Organizations involved in the PPE effort:
Weill Cornell Medicine
Funds will be allocated by a committee consisting of Eric Skiff (NYC Resistor), Guan Yang (Hack Manhattan), Hannah House (NYC Resistor) and Peter Hartmann (fat cat FAB LAB). Any surplus that we can’t reasonably use will be donated to other COVID-19 relief efforts or to relevant 501(c)(3) exempt charities not part of this campaign.
Hack Manhattan, Inc. is sponsoring this campaign on behalf of the 10 participating NYC makerspaces. It receives the funds, and has ultimate control over their use. Hack Manhattan is a makerspace located on 14th Street in Manhattan, founded in 2011. Although the space is currently closed to the public as a COVID-19 precaution, community members normally work on projects in electronics, 3D printing, textiles, gardening, and beekeeping. We are a 501(c)(3) exempt organization. Our EIN is 45-3687154.