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3D PRINTED FACE SHIELDS FOR MEDICS AND PROFESSIONALS

Open-source face shields anyone with a 3D printer can help producing. Join the community-driven effort to help professionals in your area.

In reaction to the acute shortage of protective wear for medical personnel in the current pandemic situation, we have quickly developed and started to mass-produce protective face shields. We have already printed and donated over 65.000 shields to medics and other professionals in the Czech Republic and we have requests for 80.000 more (numbers to 13th March 2020).

But the shortage is global and everyone with a 3D printer can help! 3D printing communities across the world became a massive driving force in the effort to produce protective wear for those, who need it the most.

This is why the design of the shields is fully open-source, anyone can produce it and/or modify it. Also, the shields are made from easily accessible and inexpensive materials. We would like to ask you to help us by spreading the word or even joining the collective endeavor - as a community, we can help thousands of people in need.

Reach out to institutions in your local area and ask them if they could use some additional protective wear (chances are they definitely could!). It’s not only about hospitals and other first responders like police officers and firemen, but also nursing homes, dentists, or just grocery store staff - simply put, you could offer your help to all those who now have to stay in the service or be in contact with many other people in the time of crisis.

Better safe than sorry

Before you start printing, there's a couple of things to keep in mind...

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While assembling the shields, be extremely careful, use a face mask and gloves. In other words: act as if you are infected! Consult the personnel you are making the shields for, they could give you advice regarding additional precautions!

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Consult in advance the means of collecting and distributing the shields safely - avoid spoiling your hard work by e.g. insufficient protection during transport.

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Use the design as it is, or improve it however you like. Make sure that the changes and improvemenets are based on a real-life experience of those, who use these shields.

The entire world is helping

When we started supplying local doctors and frontline staff with protective shields, we had no idea how quickly this effort is going spread throughout the entire world. Thank you, everyone, who decided to join the cause!

On March 18th, 2020, we announced the start of protection shields manufacturing and distribution - we barely had the resources to cover the local demand. However, in an incredibly short amount of time, people from all over the world started joining the cause and produced tens of thousands of shields.

The story was covered by worldwide media like Bloomberg, AFP, BBC, Forbes, Hindustan Times, CNET, TechRadar, BoingBoing, Linus Tech Tips and hundreds of local news websites.

If you are still in need of 3D printed protection shields, try contacting one of these wonderful projects!

Don't miss: Check out this great video by Smarter Every Day about "How to Help Your Hospital".

COVIDSTOP.CA

CANADA

A coordinated effort to get 3D printed faceshields into the hands of those that need them. Shop3D.ca will cover the cost of filament, shipping and logistics, making it free to volunteer or get protection for front-line workers. You can request free face shields or volunteer your 3D printer.

OPERATION SHIELDS UP!

USA

Operation Shileds Up! is based on donations and the work of volunteers. You can request free face shields or join their cause with your own 3D printer.

3D CROWD UK

UNITED KINGDOM

With over 80.000 face shields in production and more than 3400 volunteers on board, 3D Crowd UK is a massive effort to deliver PPE to frontline staff in the UK. You can request face shields or join as a volunteer with a 3D printer.

MAKER VS VIRUS

GERMANY

Maker vs. Virus is a massive German project that brings together frontline staff and other people in need of protective equipment with makers and makerspaces.

3D VERKSTAN

SWEDEN

Due to the shortage of personal protective equipment in Sweden, website 3D Verkstan decided to support the local cause and produce protective shields for doctors and nurses. You can join them with your 3D printer.

NYCMakersPPE

NEW YORK CITY

NYC Makes PPE is a group of engineers, makers, and healthcare professionals leveraging DIY manufacturing technology to support PPE production in NYC. You can request protective equipment and help raise funds for the cause.

COVID3D.FR

FRANCE

This platform puts professionals in contact with the public and volunteers to organize the creation and distribution of personal protective equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

OPEN WORKS COVID-19

BALTIMORE

In the face of a critical shortage of protective equipment for front line health workers, Open Works has launched a collaborative project to 3D print face shields. You can donate to the cause or sign up to print at home.

WE THE BUILDERS

BALTIMORE

We the Builders is partnering with local organizations Open Works and Innovation Works in Baltimore, Maryland USA to coordinate the supply chain, production, and delivery of protective face shields that can be used on the front lines.

MAKER WORKS

ANN ARBOR, MI

Maker Works not only produce, but also collect and distribute protective equipment delivered by volunteers. You can join their project with a 3D printer and/or donate material such as ABS sheets.

PETERBOROUGH PPE INITIATIVE

CANADA

An ad-hoc collective of citizens working together to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products for frontline workers, especially in Peterborough area.

Operation PPE

NEW YORK

Cornell AAP and Sabin Lab are collaborating with Cornell Engineering, Cornell CIS and many others across the community to 3D print and laser cut visors and protective face shields for doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals on the front lines at Weill Cornell Medical.

NJ Strong with PPE

New Jersey, USA

A group of student volunteers making and donating face shield for the medical professionals in New Jersey in USA - NJPPE.org
They're working 24/7, printing faceshields and donating all of them to local hospitals fighting with COVID19.

combine LA

LA County, USA

Tens of thousands of EMT’s, emergency room staff and other healthcare workers across LA County are being exposed to asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers every day. Many do not have adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep themselves or their patients safe.

combineLA is manufacturing PPE to donate to local hospitals and medical facilities.

Northumberland.io Producer Alliance

Northumberland, Canada

The Northumberland.io Producer Alliance is a self-organized group of local manufacturers, makers, engineers, producers and volunteers. The group is sharing ideas, resources, expertise and production capacity to create a local supply chain for the production and delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)—principally face shields.

Maker Mask

Seattle, WA

The team created and published an open source design for a 3D printed respirator, dubbed the Maker Mask.

The design has been approved by the NIH for all general community applications: This approval applies for use outside of the direct healthcare setting and benefits critical front-line essential service providers. The Maker Mask is also a great option for essential service resources providing our communities with food and other needed supplies.

Prusament PETG Orange for PPE

In reaction to the acute shortage of protective wear for medical personnel in the current pandemic situation, we started producing Prusament PETG Orange for PPE.

To support everyone who produces 3D-printed PPE, such as face shields, we decided to make Prusament PETG Orange for PPE available with a heavy discount.

This Prusament PETG is primarily made for printing PPE (Personal protective equipment). The material composition matches Prusament PETG Prusa Orange, however, to speed up the production, the diameter tolerance is ±0.03mm and the winding is not as perfect as on the usual Prusaments. It's still a high-quality filament, which we've beep using on our print farm for a long time.

PETG Orange PPE on our e-shop

Latest news

4/23, 14.00

Over 100.000 shields manufactured

We've ramped up the production of shields to 10.000 units per day and we surpassed 100.000 manufactured shields today!

4/17, 14.00

How we make 3D-printed shields

We have prepared a new video that will give you an overview of our 3D-printing operation and what we did in order to have these shields approved by Czech Ministry of health. Plus, we're sharing some important tips on how to produce these shields quickly and safely, while keeping the risks of contamination to the minimum.

4/14, 14.00

250k+ downloads! The whole planet is printing shields!

More than 70.000 protective face shields 3D printed in three weeks by our factory alone! What started as our local initiative to print protective face shields has turned into a massive endeavor driven by 3D printing communities worldwide. Tens of thousands of people began to print protective face shields using the design we have made available, helping hundreds of thousands of frontline staff - doctors, firefighters, police officers, social workers and many other brave people who risk their lives every day in these difficult times. Our design files at PrusaPrinters.org reached over 250.000 downloads and maker communities became a trending topic in media across the world.

4/14, 14.00

250k+ downloads! The whole planet is printing shields!

More than 70.000 protective face shields 3D printed in three weeks by our factory alone! What started as our local initiative to print protective face shields has turned into a massive endeavor driven by 3D printing communities worldwide. Tens of thousands of people began to print protective face shields using the design we have made available, helping hundreds of thousands of frontline staff - doctors, firefighters, police officers, social workers and many other brave people who risk their lives every day in these difficult times. Our design files at PrusaPrinters.org reached over 250.000 downloads and maker communities became a trending topic in media across the world.

4/10, 20.00

Disinfection guide updated with tests made with "live" coronavirus

We asked leading Czech hospitals and laboratories to test various disinfecting methods, so we could share reliable and conclusive data - you can find the article below.

Prusa Face Shield disinfection

4/09, 21.00

Linus Tech Tips about shields printing

Linus Tech Tips has also released a video about printing protective face shields. Wow! We're so glad we can work with such great people on this good thing. Thank you!

4/07, 20.00

Smarter Every Day video

The complexity of the situation and the importance of 3D printing of PPE is perfectly summarized by our friend Destin Sandlin from Smarter Every Day - definitely worth the watch!

4/02, 12.00

Prusament PETG Orange for PPE now available

Due to a high demand for 3D-printed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), there's also an increased need for suitable materials. We're now offering a cheaper version of our Prusament PETG Orange, which has a slightly lower manufacturing precision (±0.03 mm compared to our usual standard of ±0.02mm) and the winding is not as pretty. Still, it's a top-quality material for a more affordable price - and we use to produce shields, too!

BUY IT HERE

4/02, 11.00

Protective Face Shield - US version

Created based on the community feedback - the US version of the Prusa Protective Face Shield RC3 is out! The design was adjusted to fit American size sheet - 11x8,5 inches & American triple hole punch - distance 4 1/4", hole radius 1/4".

Download here

3/30, 9.00

Protective Face Shield Cover RC1 now available

Based on the users' feedback, we designed the first version of the face shield cover which is designed to close the gap in the headband, while keeping the entire headband flexible. The purpose of this cover is to further protect your face against aerosol (e.g. cough) falling from the top

Download here

3/29, 9.00

Forbes: Making Made Right

Forbes.com digs into the benefits of using 3D printers during the coronavirus pandemic and talks to Josef Prusa. “It really is incredible. It is just eight days now, and our whole planet, all the 3-D printers are printing face shields. I would never have expected 3-D printing to act so quickly. It is wonderful,” says Josef in the interview.

Also read: Calling all makers with 3D printers: Join critical mission to make face masks and shields or 2020 healthcare workers - Read here

Also read: Protect Healthcare workers: 3D printer groups race to help 2020 PPE shortage - Read here

3/28, 10.00

Protection shield RC3 has been approved for use by Michigan Medicine Procurement

Quoting: The model approved by Michigan Medicine Procurement is the PRUSA Protective Face Shield-RC3. Print files can be found here: Prusaprinters.org Both the high resolution, and suggested low resolution settings have been approved, and material (PLA, PETG) is not a consideration as of 3/27/20. The ancillary 3D-printed piece at the bottom of the shield is unnecessary.
Sheeting is currently available via MCMaster (Online). A minimum of 0.4mm has been approved, please.
After printing and assembling, please bring the faceshield(s) to our donation location. PLEASE DO NOT DISSEMINATE DIRECTLY TO HOSPITAL OR HEALTH CARE WORKERS TO AVOID INADVERTENT CONTAMINATION.

More info here: Uofmhelath.org

3/27, 20.00

Protection shield design RC3.1 with faster printing speeds now available

We're now offering new print files meant for extremely fast printing. Usually a single headband and the chin take around 3 hours to print. With tweaked settings included in the .3mf file, you can get to 1 hour 20 minutes. However, be aware that your printer will move very quickly and it will be quite loud. You should also make sure that your printer is in a very good shape, otherwise it may have trouble printing at these speeds. More info at PrusaPrinters.org

3/27, 18.00

More than 100.000 downloads of the shield print files!

We are speechless! The print files have been downloaded more than 100.000 times from PrusaPrinters.org. There are so many awesome people out there! Thank you so much for lending a helping hand and being part of this!! Faith in humanity restored! 🙂

3/27, 13.00

The power of sharing information

Even if you don't have a 3D printer, you can still help by spreading the word and sharing the information. Let people around you know that there's an ongoing community-driven effort to deliver PPE to those in need. Let them know what 3D printing communities can do and how much they help every day. Chances are somebody from your area might need these shields and someone else is producing them! Keep going, guys, we're in this together!

Czech Republic is a small country of 10M people and our Facebook post about protective shields reached over 1.6M people only thanks to the power of sharing by Facebook users. Click to resize:

3/27, 12.00

Linus Tech Tips joins the effort with 30 3D printers

Linus Tech Tips just received a delivery of 30 machines from us, so they can join the global effort of printing our protective shields for those in need! Thank you and good luck, guys!

3/27, 10.00

Find 3D printing communities around you even faster

We have added a new feature to our PrusaPrinters community hub - Groups. You have the option to create and/or join 3D printing groups near you. We hope this feature will make it easier for you to find other people printing protective equipment. Let us know what you think at PrusaPrinters.org

3/25, 22.00

RC3 released

We’ve released the RC3 version with emoved hexagonal holes for faster printing speeds and several optimizations for stack printing. New print files with 4 headbands stacked on top of each other are available at PrusaPrinters.org.

3/25

100k requests, 12k donated

Medics from the whole Czech republic requested almost 100 thousand shields at this moment. We have already donated 12,000 shields and we are producing 3000 shields per day.

3/24, 18.00

Companies worldwide are joining the effort

More and more companies with access to 3D printers worldwide are joining the effort of bringing PPE to as many people as possible by printing our protective shields! Ford Motor Company joined forces with 3M and GE Healthcare and started to print our protective shield design, too!

3/24, 16:00

Disinfection guide published

We’re updating this guide with lab testing results. We even have lab testing with live coronavirus in progress. Huge thanks to all labs and hospitals that help us verify disinfection methods!

3/23, 12.30

Improvements in production

Besides improving the design of the face shield, we also try to create the best conditions for production. Our designers have put together a UV disinfection line for sealed bags with shield parts. We use 253nm UV-C light.

3/20, 17.30

RC2 released

Based on the user's feedback, we have released the RC2 version which offers several enhancements and it is more comfortable.

3/19

Collecting feedback

We are collecting feedback from medics and working on design improvements.

3/18, 23.30

Project announcement

We have published the first version of the article on our blog and released models for print.

3/18, 18.30

Testing samples

The first 40 "final" shields is on testing in University Hospital Kralovske Vinohrady in Prague.

17. 3., 21.00

The second presentation

Josef meets Czech Minister of Health, Mr. Adam Vojtech, to present the current version of the shield.

17. 3., 20.00

RC1

We have solved packaging and we are finalizing RC1 model and assembly instructions.

3/16, 20.00

The first presentation

Presentation of the first prototypes at the Ministry of Health. We are starting to procure material and solve the production process with respect to the sterility of the environment and production efficiency.

3/16, 13.00

The beginning

Our friends from the Covid19CZ Facebook group told us about the high demand for protective face shields across medics in the Czech Republic. We have started with redesigning the original model to accelerate print time.

Versions

We have introduced the first version of our protective shield design on March 18th, 2020. And soon after, thanks to the tremendous amount of feedback we received, we were able to quickly iterate new versions. We made the shields more comfortable, easier to print, added an optional top cover for them...

We understand that right now, it can be a bit confusing to choose the right part with so many "RC" versions out there, plus a ton of community-made remixes.

To give you a better overview of the current designs, we prepared the following schematic. For every shield, you need the 3D printed headband and chin, while the top headband cover is optional. The visor cannot be 3D printed and you need to source it from a store.

The latest designs are available in two variants: EU and US - this is mainly based on the fact that the US uses a different standard size of transparent foils, which are used to produce the visor.

You can find the latest designs along with changelogs and descriptions here:

EU: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-face-shield
US: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/27950-prusa-face-shield-us-version
Face Shield Cover (optional): https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/27318-prusa-face-shield-cover

EU RC3 EU RC3 EU RC3 EU RC3 EU RC3 stacked cover US US US kolekce

Do you have a question? Contact us via covid@prusa3d.com