New York City is currently one of the most highly infected populations of coronavirus in the United States. Without effective equipment, homes, small businesses and healthcare workers are left at risk in environments where they are susceptible to getting infected. With each passing day, protective equipment shortages seen nationwide increase as the confirmed cases of those infected with the virus continue to grow.
As makers, we create custom equipment every day using or 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and other rapid manufacturing tools.
Today we are stepping up to the challenge by creating protective equipment that will be delivered & donated to those that need it in the corresponding affected areas.
However, we need your help!
Who are we?
We are a coalition of 10 NYC makerspaces teaming up to make and distribute PPE for healthcare professionals, affected families, at-risk residents and others against further spread of COVID-19. This is a collective of engineers, healthcare professionals, professors, researchers, students and makers collaborating to create for a cause during this vitally difficult time in New York City.
The New York City Makerspace Collective is making and distributing custom PPE that will go directly to areas that are in need of protective masks. This includes 3D printed face shields, surgical masks, and other needed equipment, made right here in NYC.
What we will be distributing
The worldwide maker community is creating and sharing new designs every day. Two of the most promising designs, which we have already started creating and distributing to healthcare workers, are the WISC and 3DVerkstan face shields. More than 100 masks have already been delivered and we plan to deliver thousands of shields to healthcare workers at affected hospitals and communities in the coming weeks, with community support.
WISC is a face shield manufactured from plastic shield, foam tape, and elastic. Makerspace volunteers are actively manufacturing this design.
3DVerkstan is currently our preferred 3DP design. It uses a glasses-like design, and does not require foam or elastic parts. It is designed for plastic from a sheet protector, with holes punched with a standard hole puncher.
More details on our efforts can be found at nycmakesppe.com, which also has a list of PPE delivered so far.
Currently, we are self-funding the costs of making the PPE and already distributing to healthcare fields in need. However, we now look to fundraising methods to help us donate more masks in order to better serve our highly affected New York City community on a massive scale. All donations and support towards the goal amount go directly into funding and making costs of the PPE creations listed above for New York City healthcare & under-resourced communities in need of protection equipment.
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Your donor support is greatly appreciated. Please spread word of this effort by sharing if you are unable to give at this time.
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), Jake Lee (Columbia) 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.
More information about Hack Manhattan, Inc., which is sponsoring this campaign on behalf of the 10 participating NYC makerspaces, receives the funds and has ultimate control: Hack Manhattan is a makerspace located on 14th Street in Manhattan, founded in 2011. The space is unfortunately closed at the moment as a COVID-19 precaution, but 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.