We have all heard about the scarcity of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) needed by our first responders and other frontline medical professionals. Now there is a way to help locally! University of Redlands IT professional Iyan Sandri is able to use the University of Redlands’ 3D printers to help produce pieces of PPE for our local healthcare workers. Iyan has prototyped a mask, shield, and an adapter for a scuba mask (which has been particularly helpful to doctors in the OR). Two other volunteers with 3D printers have stepped up to join this effort, and are currently testing designs. The adapter to the scuba mask is particularly exciting, as it provides a viable alternative for the full face respirators (an important piece of PPE), which are sold out or in very short supply. Supplies to date have gone to Redlands Community Hospital, Loma Linda University and the VA Hospital. Monies donated to the PPE Supplies Fund will be used to purchase the raw materials used in the 3D printers, volunteers are providing the labor.
The cost per unit is low, making the impact of donations particularly high. A $50 donation will produce 27 Face Shield units OR 25 Scuba Filter Adaptors, seen in the attached photos.
100% of donations benefit this fundraiser. Checks are also accepted, payable to Redlands Community Foundation and mailed to: PO Box 8908, Redlands, CA 92375.
Together let's support our health professionals as they continue work on the front lines!