PDX Hackerspace is producing and donating PPE (personal protective equipment) to first responders and medical professionals for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. By protecting high contact individuals in high risk situations we not only help keep them healthy, we also protect others they come in contact with, and we tangibly let them know that we’re watching out for them and supporting them.
We are a 6 year old North Portland non-profit that promotes and encourages technical, scientific and artistic skills, bringing together a community of makers, crafters and hackers. This community has formed an amazing all-volunteer force as part of our Hackerspace’s rapid response to the pandemic. We have the necessary equipment to produce and donate PPE quickly, until large manufacturers are able to meet demand.
Volunteers are making, assembling and delivering PPE 24x7, as fast as we can. The completed PPE is going to nursing homes, hospitals, fire stations and other organizations with people in high contact, high risk situations that have requested PPE.
We can produce 1,000+ face shields per day, but we need your help. The raw material cost to produce 1,000 face shields is $1,250. We have committed PDX Hackerspace’s entire improvement budget for 2020 and 2021 towards this rapid response initiative, which will produce ~10,000 face shields, short of demand in the coming weeks.
We need your help.
Please consider donating to help PDX Hackerspace purchase raw materials, cleaning supplies and consumables so they can continue to provide face shields and other personal protective equipment to those who desperately need it.
“We are extremely appreciative of their support, generosity and creativity during this very difficult time in healthcare.” – Tina Caster (ED) Center for Specialty Surgery
“We will most definitely utilize the face shields made by PDX Hackerspace. Face shields will help keep our residents and staff safer.” – Laurelhurst Village
Your donation will help us purchase the raw materials we need to keep going. It’s so important to our community's first responders and medical professionals to stay safe, enabling them to continue to fight against COVID-19 on the front lines for the rest of us. We’ll make every dollar count and do the most good for the most people in as little time as possible.
This is not really a choice for us, it’s the right thing to do. It's what we believe we owe each other and we will make every effort we can to accomplish this goal. We need the support of generous people like you so that we can continue to help the people on the front lines.
PDX Hackerspace has donated (as of 2020-03-31) over 400 face shields to nursing homes, first responders and hospitals. Their collection of equipment and ability to network and rapidly respond uniquely positions them as a stop gap between now and when large manufacturers are able to ramp production to meet the high demand of personal protective equipment globally.
Rapid Response Initiative History
Several weeks before suspending normal operations at the community space (announced on 3/23/2020 and in effect until it’s safe to resume normal operations) Hackerspace members were busy organizing a response. Understanding the epidemiological data, the picture became clear as we looked at other countries with similar containment/mitigation strategies to see where the PNW (and the rest of the US) was headed. We prepared for our rapid response initiative while waiting for a stay-at-home order to finally be put into effect.
During this time we were able to put together an all volunteer team of Hackerspace members from a variety of fields who are now all working non-stop to help fill whatever need our community requires, however they can. One of these needs is to get personal protective equipment out as quickly as possible to those who need them without relying on large manufacturing supply chains. This is a hack. Our volunteers have been to every craft store and sign supplier in town and have sourced unconventional materials that are sound for sanitary production of PPE, but do not hinder the supply availability for large PPE manufacturers who are busy ramping up production as you read this.
PDX Hackerspace, a 501(c)(3) educational community space located in Portland, Oregon USA, has quickly switched gears to address their community’s critical needs by producing and donating personal protective equipment for first responders and medical professionals.
RC3 Prusa Face Shield: Approved for medical use by several hospitals in Portland and globally, but not NIH approved, we are producing and donating an autoclavable (PETG plastic) version of the 3D printed component. This model has an open top, making it not the best choice for ICU and ER use, but due to recent media coverage it is the model most commonly requested. We can produce 75 per day total. Our cost of raw materials and consumables is $2.80 each.
Budmen Face Shield: Approved for medical use by the NIH, we are producing and donating an autoclavable (PETG plastic) version of the 3D printed component. This model has a closed top, which is acceptable for ICU and ER use. We can produce 100 per day total. Our cost of raw materials and consumables is $2.60 each.
Origami Face Shield: Approved for medical use by several hospitals in California and globally, but not yet NIH approved, these face shields are one time use with no 3D printed component needed. The need for 3D printing creates a bottleneck for the production of face shields, which this model has solved. The Origami Face Shield has a closed top, which is acceptable for ICU and ER use. We can produce 1000 per day flat packed, with hospital staff folding them together easily, even while wearing protective gloves. This new design is being used as the most efficient option in many regions around the world. We are donating these free of charge, but our cost of raw materials and consumables is $1.25 each.
Photo Credits (in Order): Orchard Hospital - Gridley CA, PDX Hackerspace - Portland, OR, Tualatin Valley Firefighter’s Union - Tualatin OR, PDX Hackerspace - Portland OR
Thank you for your support.