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:
Copper 3D NanoHack (N95 Mask)
Copper 3D is working out a 3D-printable N95 mask design called “NanoHack” 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.
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:
RepRap (O2 Concentrator)
You can view an open-source oxygen concentrator design that MacGyver would be proud of here:
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.
At the time of publishing, the PPE designs that Origin is working on were still under development. We’re told they’ll be made open-source once they’re good to go.
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:
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:
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 also shared the digital manufacturers below who are “waiting and able to help hospitals and medical professionals alike in need of spare parts.”
Avid Product Development
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:
A list of open-source projects can be found at Wikifactory:
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!