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Helping with PPE

Helping Healthcare Professionals & First Responders

If your library has a 3D printer, you can help protect those on the front lines of this crisis

 

We've all read on the news about the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for front line healthcare workers and first responders, and we've heard so many of you ask the question, "What can we do?" We've reached out to some community organizations who have current 3D PPE printing projects to find out how we can put Connecticut library 3D printers to work. We also have some other suggestions for ways that you can put your expertise to work, even without a 3D printer.

 

This page will be updated regularly. Send suggestions for additional resources to clc@ctlibrarians.org.

 

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MakerSpaceCT, Hartford
face shield

Contact: Bill, agdtensor115@gmail.com
Website: app.makerspacect.com/covidresponse

MakerSpaceCT is coordinating medical face shield builds for the medical community. These shields fit over the head with a transparent plastic shield to protect the N-95 or other mask underneath. The headbands for the shields can be printed with PETG, PLA, and ABS 3D printer filaments.

 

Printing files - These links will open up a new tab in your browser; download the STL files from the tab.

These files all print the same frame band, but the filament type is labeled on the band for identification.

Finishing:

  • Print and add acetate sheets (overhead projector sheets - available from Staples etc.) for the face plate. Sheets should be at least .0137” - .030” thick.
  • Four easy holes to punch.
  • Add rubber band strap to back (use a large band that stretches to 10"-12").

Donating:

  • Finished shields - Distribute to your local EMS personnel, or contact Bill at MakerSpaceCT for distribution - agdtensor115@gmail.com
  • Printed headbands (just the band - without finishing) - If libraries can print the headbands and get them to MakerspaceCT, they have an assembly team and can also coordinate distribution. Contact Bill with questions - agdtensor115@gmail.com
  • Materials only - learn more here. They are looking for 3D printer filament but also other things that libraries might have on hand - large rubber bands, flat cardboard boxes, etc.




UConn maskUConn Health, Farmington

Contact: Keith, petit@uchc.edu

Website: health.uconn.edu/coronavirus/ppe-donations/

 

UConn Health seeks assistance printing frames that will modify their existing stockpile of masks to be effective protection against COVID-19.

 

Printing files: There are two different designs being used at UConn Health. STL and GCODE links will open up a new tab in your browser; download the files from the tab.

  • PREFERRED: Frame with spikes. Allows for the use of alternate mask material such as surgical fabric.
    STL file | photo of finished frame
  • ALSO HELPFUL: Mask adapter. Allows use of expired masks where the elastic no longer functions.
    STL file | GCODE file

Donate finished items: Contact Keith Petit at petit@uchc.edu

Donate supplies: health.uconn.edu/coronavirus/ppe-donations/

 

 



face shieldDanbury Hackerspace

Contact: Mike, danburyhackerspace@gmail.com
Website: danburyhackerspace.com

 

The Danbury Hackerspace has been lasercutting clear plastic shields, but they need help 3D printing the frames. They are using the Prusa design, which has passed review at Danbury Hospital. PLA filament is fine.

 

Instructions: Print the 3rd version upper part of the shield if you can; if not, print the lower part of the shield. More information

 

Printing files: These links will open up a new tab in your browser; download the files from the tab:

Assistance: Contact Mike at Danbury Hackerspace for more information: danburyhackerspace@gmail.com

 


 

Other Organizations to Contact

Here are some other groups we've become aware of that are working to 3D print equipment and/or accept donations:

  • CT 3D Print Army is producing face shields for CT hospitals, including St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. The team includes over 290 people and companies/organizations, including Housatonic Community College and Milford Public Library, with access to over 500 printers. Contact George Scobie at 203-815-7656.  Learn more | GoFundMe for donations
  • MakeHaven in New Haven has a virtual roundtable every week to update the community on various projects for healthcare equipment that people are working on, and there's some really fascinating projects in the works, which you can see (and potentially help with) here.
  • TECLens, a Stamford-based company, has links to the Montefiore Hospital system and has built a network of volunteers dedicated to producing plastic face shields. Ferguson Library in Stamford is working with this group. As of April 7, TECLens had sent 10,000 face shields into the field and they are looking for more organizations to help with 3D printing. INFO & FILES HERE

 


 

What CT libraries are doing

Here are some examples of how CT libraries are helping. Share your story with us and we'll add it below! Contact Amanda at astern@ctlibrarians.org. Please let us know if do NOT want us to include your contact info.

  • Avon Free Public Library - CONTACT: Jessica Noble, jnoble@avonctlibrary.info
    3D printing face shields for local first responders, based on the information coordinated by MakerspaceCT.

  • Bethel Public Library - CONTACT: Thomas Borysiewicz, tborysiewicz@bethellibrary.org
    Working with UConn Health to 3D print the spiked adapters. Our printer bed was not large enough to accommodate the model for face shields. The adapters fit well on our Lulzbot Mini printer and we are successfully making at least 10 a day.

  • Ferguson Library (Stamford) - CONTACT: Jason Wilkins, jwilkins@fergusonlibrary.org
    Using 3D printers to make personal protective equipment for front-line medical personnel. TECLens, a Stamford-based company, has links to the Montefiore Hospital system and has built a network of volunteers dedicated to producing plastic face shields. As of April 7, TECLens had sent 10,000 face shields into the field and they are looking for more organizations to 3D print. INFO & FILES HERE

  • Mark Twain Library (Redding) - CONTACT: Beth Dominianni, beth@marktwainlibrary.org
    Working with the Danbury Hackerspace.

  • Milford Public Library - CONTACT: Christine Angeli, cangeli@milfordct.gov
    3D printing face shield frames for St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury via The CT Print Army, and surgical mask straps for Bridgeport Hospital. We only have the one Ultimaker2 printer, but every bit counts!

  • Mystic & Noank Library - Contact: Karen Wall, kwall@mysticnoanklibrary.org
    After reading about Dr. Chris Wiles, from UConn Health, making masks with 3D printers, the library contacted him and asked if he'd like to borrow their printers. He has them up and running, and they are cranking out masks.

  • New Haven Free Public Library - CONTACT: ivessquared@nhfpl.org
    3D printing headbands for face shields to be donated to Yale New Haven Hospital, as well as sewing cloth masks to donate to the hospital, the city's Department of Public Works, and other organizations in the community.

  • Salem Free Public Library - CONTACT: Vicky Coffin, vicky.coffin@salemct.gov
    Loaned their 3D printer and supply of filament to the team at UCONN Health for the printing of masks and frames. More info and pics on the library's Facebook page.

  • Wallingford Public Library - CONTACT: Jane Fisher, jfisher@wallingfordlibrary.org
    Donated 3D printing filament to UCONN Health Center.

  • Weston Public Library - CONTACT: Karen Tatarka, ktatarka@westonct.gov
    Using their small 3D printers to produce face mask frames for UConn Health. Each one only takes about 30 minutes to print. For other libraries that might only have small printers that cannot do the face shields, this is a good way to contribute.

 


 

More ways to help

Looking for other ways to help? Here are some ideas. Please reach out to Amanda at CLC with your interest and for clarification - astern@ctlibrarians.org.

  • Reference or Research Librarians - use your expertise to keep track of needs, supplies, patterns, locations for printing, drop off of finished products, stories in the news, etc.
  • Medical Librarians - find and/or complete research about the products being made, and latest information about the virus using the PICO model for research.
  • Digital Services Librarians - create a central location for all of this data. Design it so that it is easy to access by librarians and makers.
  • Marketing staff - create turnkey digital flyers, social media announcements, etc. for libraries to post on their websites about upcoming programs related to topic, sources, or other hobbyist, etc.
  • Maker Librarians with 3D printing knowledge - present PD for library staff in other towns and/or programming for hobbyists that want to work on this at home.
  • Everyone - All of the above organizations (and many others) are seeking monetary and equipment donations. See their websites for details.

 

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