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Mobilizing the troops: How the makers are saving the world, one make at a time

Forbes , the magazine read by millions of business minded individuals put out this call for makers: “Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage” The current corona virus crisis has caused the working world to realize that we are an untapped resource involved in … read more

Forbes , the magazine read by millions of business minded individuals put out this call for makers:

“Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage”

The current corona virus crisis has caused the working world to realize that we are an untapped resource involved in the supply chain. I’ve said for years that handmade is the new American manufacturing. So many jobs and manufacturing facilities have gone overseas that we barely make anything in this country any more. We’ve become so dependent on other countries to produce things for us ~ and it’s mainly China. When a pandemic breaks out in China, that’s gonna jack up the supply chain fo’ sho! This crisis has made millions realize how much we depend on other countries for our goods.

There is a desperate crisis for healthcare workers ~ they’re running out (many have already run out and are reusing masks, or going without) of their personal protective equipment like masks and face shields.

This from Forbes: “If you want to rally the world to your cause, think like a little bird and tweet. Hospitals and doctors are reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “

When Australia had the horrible wildfires, we saw the maker community come together like nobody had ever seen before.. they made bat wraps, and kangaroo pockets, and nests by the thousands and had them shipped down under. Now it’s our turn to take care of our own, and makers are stepping up like nobody has ever seen before.

Our healthcare system is about to be completely swamped, and overwhelmed by the massive influx of sick people.

We have begun moblilizing the makers, they’re making cdc sanctioned masks….

Here’s a pattern that the CDC endorses:  How to make a face mask (pdf downloadable/printable) / Full pattern here

The ladies of GS Handmade have been busy, busy, busy!

This is just one of the makers working for the “war effort” against the corona virus! We are sending these to a contact of mine in New York (The Scientific Seamstress, Carla Crimm) and then she will distribute. These are masks that just one lady is making! We know the need there is greatest, as it’s the “epicenter” of the virus cases right now~ after these, we will begin to focus on other places…many are also making and donating them locally. This is a significant movement~perhaps even a revolution of epic noble intentions, is underway in hackerspaces, makerspaces, and sewing groups to come together and solve a problem to save lives at risk with the Coronavirus.  We got this!

If you’re out of elastic (and there has been a shortage it seems) I saw a workaround/hack using a tshirt on facebook that a friend posted:

A friend posted this today. Thought I’d share for those running out of elastic

Here’s what I’m doing to make mask ties instead of all the cutting/pressing/stitching for bias strips:

Cut the bottom hem off a t-shirt, then cut strips about ¾” to 1” wide (I just eyeball mine). Pull hard on the strips to get the stretch out, and you’re left with knit “cording” that won’t fray, requires no pressing/stitching, and sews/ties brilliantly. I get about 40yds from a single XL t-shirt.

Here’s another idea on how those of you with a 3-d printer can help our heroes on the front lines:

Calling All Makers With 3D Printers: Join Critical Mission To Make Face Masks And Shields For 2020 Healthcare Workers

From Forbes:

“After seeing the N95 shortage gripping the nation’s healthcare workers, HP Inc. and partners have mobilized to create 3D printed face mask and face shield solutions, plus a few other innovative ideas, to keep people safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

There is a rallying cry, a peaceful, but intense call to arms, if you will. People all over the world are seeing that many of our biggest players are struggling or faltering and they are stepping in to fill the breach. This is not insignificant, but also this is not unprecedented in the 3D printing world. This is actually the norm for makers and hackers (the good kind); they are helpful and immensely generous, especially in the face of true need. I have written about this industry and its players for many years and I am always moved to tears of joy by the people and organizations who stand up for others and deliver to help solve a problem that 3D printing is uniquely able to solve. I want to tell you about a few of them during the challenging times we face in the Coronavirus.

HP Inc. and Partners Mobilize 3D Printing Solutions to Battle COVID-19 have more than 1,000 3D printed parts already delivered to local hospitals close to their 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington. They have made their and other company’s 3D Covid-19 models free to download here.

I forgot to mention Materialise as one of HP’s partners and they created a number of free to download files for COVID-19 prevention, including the Hands-Free 3D-Printed Door Opener found on the HP site above, plus a Shopping Cart Handle.

This ongoing GoFundMe: Save Lives w 3D Printed Face Shields is impressive and inspiring — this is a team of high school students in the Charlotte Latin School covering K-12 with a FabLab. Read their mission and overview and tell me you are not blown away by the effort these young people are making (led by two MD parents with children at the school).

In support of the #MillionMaskChallenge on Twitter, the engineering team at Charlotte Latin intend to 3D print face shields that will be provided to local hospitals in Charlotte, starting with the Levine Cancer Institute. The goal? To manufacture 10,000 face shields. Bravo.

From Forbes

MatterHackers, the largest distributor of desktop digital manufacturing equipment and materials in the USA, is arguably one of the dominant 3D printing voices in social media and they often rally behind various community initiatives. I am not surprised to see them drop everything and hit this virus with everything they can. Dave Gaylord, Chief Technical Officer, comes from a Medical Device R&D and manufacturing background and is passionately ensuring MatterHackers connects those in need with those who can make.

The MatterHackers initiative is called the COVID-19 Additive Manufacturing Community Response Hub and it will “connect those in the U.S. who need medical aid (Hospitals and Govt. Agencies) and those who can create it using Digital Manufacturing, for which MatterHackers has a broad base of customers to engage with.” It has been live for three days and hundreds have signed up.

Formlabs has an impressive medical capability with its 3D printers (before COVID-19) and opened up its networks and printers to help with a tiny item of critical concern to the medical community: COVID-19 Test Kit Swabs (Check out the detailed photo below). The site lists out several designs. Their PR rep messaged me to say:

“Formlabs is mobilizing its community of users to deploy nearly 1,000 printers to quickly mass-produce these swabs as well as other important personal protective equipment (PPE). A single print can produce 300 test swabs at a time enabling Formlabs to produce 75,000-150,000 swabs per day. This development will rapidly provide hospitals with access to large quantities of these essential COVID-19 test kit components.”

You can help. Today, right now. Are you sitting in your apartment or house in some sort of state-wide lockdown? You can do something to help others. People of all ages and walks of life are diving in to make a difference. Check out some of these amazing initiatives, both small and large:

Joost De Cock (Old Dutch for “The Cook”) started the FreeSewing Open Source Project from his home in the Netherlands to provide free sewing patterns. Recently, his wife who is a surgeon started seeing potential shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE). Joost knew what to do, so he posted it to FreeSewing in late February. People thought he was being silly as a handmade mask would never be used by professionals. (I love the brand for FreeSewing.org, by the way.)

But he was onto something when he posted: Calling all makers: Here’s a 1-page PDF facemask pattern; Now go make some and help beat this thing. I took inspiration from Joost’s call for help in the writing of my headline. Shoutout also to Katelyn Bowden who shared Joost’s post. It is her workshop photo above and she has been cranking out the DIY masks. She calls herself a “reluctant hacker” and also runs a nonprofit to help image abuse victims. She pointed me to a bunch of different resources.

If you think that a handmade mask cannot be used, think again. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a place for them — in times of crisis, like the one we are in right now. On the CDC page: Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks, they explain that as a last resort, a homemade mask is acceptable. Frankly, we are at that stage right now. Here’s how they explain it in the Crisis Strategy section, When No Facemasks Are Available, Options Include:

“Healthcare personnel (HCP) use of homemade masks:

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.

It is possible that the government and manufacturers will ramp up in a wartime-like effort, but the reinforcement is more likely to come from the people. Millions of masks are needed. People are starting to make them and it is going to be a big deal.

Clearly, there is a shortage of the manufactured N95 respirator. You know this. Healthcare workers know this. If you have been hoarding them, let me cut to the chase — there are people and organizations who need your extras and you can do the right thing and donate them. Get in touch with Holly Figueroa O’Reilly on Twitter — she is organizing the distribution of masks. Karen Booth is another person listing out different projects as she starts making masks herself. Follow the hashtags #millionmaskchallenge and #millionmaskmayday and scroll through and you will find programs and projects around the USA and world.

People like Joost, Katelyn, Holly, and Karen are bringing enormous good into the world. When I asked Joost why he was doing this FreeSewing project, he pointed me to his Pledge page where he explains that all the funds that come into the project are donated to Doctors Without Borders. All of it. Why? He pointed me to that page again: “I don’t know if you’re familiar with the phrase ‘noblesse oblige’ but it essentially means that privilege entails responsibility.” Then said, “I mean every word of it.”

Makers, hackers, craftspeople are awesome.