Have skills and itching to make a difference with the shortages in coronavirus-related supplies? There are lots of individuals, companies, and communities organizing and many other open-source personal protection equipment (PPE) designs available. Investigate the list below to find a way to put your vital CAD-modeling, 3D-printing, nunchuck skills, and other talents to use!
There’s a lot going on (and a lot of projects!), so just remember, DO WHAT YOU DO BEST and you can help no matter if it’s in small ways are big ways. If you have any to add, please let us know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: We’re not making any claims of the effectiveness or safety of any of the work these organizations are doing. Use the info at these links at your own discretion and risk!
Engineers Assemble (Ventilator)
You can add to or download from this open-source library of ventilator CAD files. There’s also a section for respirator masks:
Here you can download the 3D printing files for connectors you can use to help convert a snorkeling mask into an emergency ventilator mask:
Durable PPE Project 2020 (Mask)
Thanks to John “Johnny Mac” McEleney of Onshape for sharing this with us. The proposal found in this link is for figuring out how to produce more durable, makeshift filtering masks. This idea adapts scuba masks with 3D-printed connectors and filter materials commonly used elsewhere in hospitals:
OpenLung BVM (Ventilator)
Thanks again to Johnny Mac for this also. This design is in progress and the aim is to use an already available “bag valve mask” (used in CPR) to hack a quick, low-resource ventilator:
CIIRC RP95-3D (Mask)
he CIIRC RP95-3D protective half-mask was developed by a research team at the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics CTU (CIIRC CTU) in Prague in one week. It is a personal protective device – a half-mask – with an exchangeable P3 filter that meets the highest degree of protection.
➡️ CIIRC RP95-3D (Half-Mask) with an P3 Exchangeable External Filter
Copper 3D NanoHack (N95 Mask)
Copper 3D is working out a 3D-printable N95 mask design called “NanoHack” here:
MIT MASKproject (N95 Mask)
A project from the MIT Media Lab to design an open hardware, reusable, sterilizable, modular, and filter-media agnostic face mask that aims to hit the N95 efficacy criteria. A collaboration with Helpful Engineering and organized by maskproject.tech.
The Mask Project
A group of volunteer engineers and designers, and a subset of the Helpful Engineering incubator platform, who are organizing multiple projects, including a face mask and a face shield.
3DVerkstan (Face Shield)
3DVerkstan has developed three different visor versions, very minimal, and available for download.
Foster & Partners (Face Shield)
Foster & Partners have developed a laser-cut, reusable face shield. They have shared the design as an open-source dwg file that can be loaded and cut on a flatbed cutter.
➡️ Foster & Partners Face Shield
Inventas (Face Shield)
The product designers at Inventas have created an infection protection visor that does not depend on 3D printers. Instead, it uses a simple elastic band. They provide the instructions, templates, and files here.
Stratasys (Face Shield)
Stratasys is heading up a COVID-19 initiative that brings together more than 150 organizations to produce 3D printed face shields. They’ve also provided the face shield design and files available for download.
Ponoko (Face Shield)
Ponoko has spun up the capacity to manufacture 2 million face shields at up to 100,000 per day. Using the open-source design from UW Makerspace (see below) they have a site to purchase assembled face shields in quantities of 5 to 2,000,000.
Prusa Printers (Face Shield)
These guys give warnings about when creating a 3D printed mask design, but face shields are a different story. Prusa Printers is working on finalizing their 3D-printed shield design, now in its 2nd revision and being field-tested. You can learn more about here:
WhiteClouds Bulk (Face Shield)
WhiteClouds has reported it manufacturing 3000 facemasks per day. The design is a full length face shield with a 1.5″ thick polyurethane foam headband. It’s also latex free and resistant to fogging. They have bulk pricing and bulk price ordering for 100+ face shields.
MIT Single-Piece (Face Shield)
MIT Project Manus in cooperation with Polymershapes has designed a flat-packed, single piece, foldable face shield that enables them to produce over 2.5 million per week. They’re currently taking orders by the case (125 shields/case).
➡️ MIT Single-Piece Face Shield
UW Makerspace (Face Shield)
A collaboration by the UW Hospital, UW Makerspace, Delve and Midwest Prototyping based on shields currently used in hospitals and completely open-source. Supplier and manufacturing resources included.
Genesis Plastics (Face Shield)
Genesis Plastics Technologies, based out of Greeley, Colorado, announced they are also producing large quantities of face shields. They whipped up a design on the fly with a 3D-printed component to help in-state medical professionals facing shortages.
Hands-Free Architecture (Door Handle)
Hands-free Architecture has developed several 3D printed solutions to convert a door handle into a hands-free door handle. You can download the files here.
➡️ Hands-Free Architecture Door Handle
Materialise (Door Handle)
Materialise has designed a three-piece hands-free door handle that available in STEP, STL, and X_T formats.
Precious Plastic (Door Handle)
Precious Plastic has made the mold files for their hands-free door handle, based on the design from Materialise (above), available to the public.
➡️ Precious Plastic Door Handle
RepRap (O2 Concentrator)
You can view an open-source oxygen concentrator design that MacGyver would be proud of here:
➡️ Open Source Oxygen Concentrator
3D Printer maker Creality has models for several types of personal protective equipment. Model downloads include those for Face Shield, Face Mask, Goggles, and Face Mask Buckle.
➡️ Creality PPE
Snapmaker has made a variety of PPE available on Wikifactory from face shields and goggles to masks and mask buckles. Details include files, making, and assembly instructions.
Origin (3D-Printed Nasal Testing Swabs)
Origin is part of an FDA-registered, 3D-printed nasal swab consortium. You can request flexible, COVID-19 testing swabs from them here.
3D Printer manufacturer Carbon is coordinating with partners to manufacture PPE and other medical equipment with Carbon Technology. The items currently include Nasopharyngeal Swabs and Face Shields. They can be contacted for more info.
➡️ View details and contact Carbon
3D HUBS COVID-19 Fund
3D HUBS is organizing a fund to support projects looking to manufacture critical equipment at scale. You can donate or apply for funding through this link:
This amazing project allows you to provide your computing power to run molecular protein folding simulations at home that goes towards finding cures for a wide range of illness, including the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Formlabs is matching up Formlabs customers willing to do 3D printing with those in the healthcare community in need of supplies. You can find out more at the link below and also sign up to be a volunteer.
Dassault Systèmes has a community on its 3DExperience platform with lots of experts from different fields and countries to qualify ideas that emerge. You can find more information here:
OSCMS: Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies
When I first asked my network about how we could help with our bow-hunting, I mean, engineering skills, I was pointed to this international Facebook group:
➡️ Open Source Covid19 Medical Supplies
1. Read: Our Intent, Needs, and Your Role (Google Doc)
2. Read: Careables.com Corona Care Maker Initiative (Google Doc)
Coronavirus Tech Handbook
This open-source document covers a lot of areas including a section on “Engineering” that you can add to yourself. Sometimes this link is difficult to open due to high traffic. If that happens, you can try again at an hour more likely to be off-peak.
HP COVID-19 Prevention Methods
Hewlett-Packard has free, 3D printable design files right now for respirators, face shields, hands-free door openers, and mask adjusters (to make them more comfortable for long periods of wear). You can also submit your own designs to them. Find out more at this link:
➡️ HP COVID-19 Prevention Methods
Remote 3D Printing Presentations
Jason Lopes is an entertainment industry veteran currently working at Carbon. With children at home he sees the need for education on 3D printing. He is offering educators to host remote presentations to share his knowledge and fill the gaps. See his post on LinkedIn then reach out to him for details:
Vivek Krishnamurthy of HP shared the digital manufacturers below who are “waiting and able to help hospitals and medical professionals alike in need of spare parts.”
Athena 3D Manufacturing
Avid Product Development
Custom Color 3D Printing
Fast Radius, Inc.
Forerunner 3D Printing
UW Makerspace Suppliers
UW Makerspace, creators of the open-source Badger Shield have databases of material suppliers for PET Flim, Foam, and Elastic Bands.
➡️ View Face Shield material suppliers
This challenge is “An Open Innovation Effort to Design a Rapidly Deployable Mechanical Ventilator“. There are a bunch of MD’s on their team, so that’s a great sign. You can sign-up on this page to learn more:
Designer Contest: Everyday Necessities
Prusa Printers is holding a contest in addition to its own development work. This one is focused not on medical supplies, but on the everyday things we all might run out of in this (hopefully) temporary chaos:
Dragon Innovation published a list of open projects and resources:
➡️ COVID-19 Open Source Projects
A list of open-source projects can be found at Wikifactory:
➡️ Wikifactory COVID-19 Projects (Project Template)
Companies in the News
- Nike PPE Face Shield
- H&M Group Preparing PPE Production
- Kering Group to provide 3 Million Surgical Masks
- LVMH to Supply Face Masks
- RISD Alumni Pivot to Fight Pandemic
- Fashion Brands Making Facemasks
We’ll be updating this list as we are sent them or hear of others. If you have a project or know of one, please tell us in the comments or contact us with more information. Thank you!