We need your help to #ShieldTheChildren! Our schools are opening open in less than a month under unfortunate circumstances. Florida is one of the major epicenters of the pandemic, so we are producing child-sized face shields to help protect as many kids as we can. Our material cost for each child-sized face shield is under $1, so even small donations can help to protect multiple children.
At our local makerspace, FamiLAB, we have a deep sense of community and want to help others in these tough times.
We have volunteers and manufacturing capability, but we ran through most of our material budget on the first round of emergency PPE for hospitals. Please help, if you can. These are frightening times for us all.
School openings have been ordered at the state level, but the responsibility to design and implement appropriate safety measures has been left to the local level. While everyone is trying their best in the face of a lack of centralized guidance, there will inevitably be gaps in the plans.
After coordinating with officials in the school system, we identified child-sized face shields as an item that can help to fill in some of those gaps.
According to the current re-opening guidelines, the youngest children will not be required to wear masks once they are sitting at their desks, and there is currently no provision in place for face shields for either the children or the teachers.
The initial goal is to laser cut 7,000 shields from material left over from an earlier effort that has already put thousands of face shields in the hands (and on the faces) of local doctors. We need help covering the material cost for the rest of the components, mainly 3D printer filament, elastic and distribution costs.
We will be cutting the shields using plastic donated by the Coca-Cola corporation. This project is an extension of the work already done by the Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies group, who laid the foundation for the initial PPE efforts in the central Florida area.
We would also like to extend a special expression of gratitude to our landlord, Dave Woods, whose generous rent abatement in support of our PPE efforts gave us the breathing room to focus on our manufacturing efforts.
If you have a 3D printer at home, you can also help by printing the headband portion of the face shields. Contact us at email@example.com for the .stl files.
If we manage to exceed $5,000 in funding, we will be able to switch to injection molding and produce tens of thousands of shields, rather than the current goal of 7,000.
We came together and did a lot of good for our front line workers in the early days of the pandemic. This time it’s for the children.