by Natalie Clark
Hi Loveland Magazine Readers. We want to reach out to our community and see if there are any folks who would like to put their home 3D printers to good use and join us in making 3D printed face shields for Cincy!
The Problem: Patients with COVID-19 experience significant respiratory issues, resulting in coughing. Virus particles are easily spread in the fluids expelled from the patient during episodes of coughing. The face shield is an additional barrier between the healthcare worker and the patient, reduces the risk of viral transmission via airborne droplets, and reduces virus load on face masks worn underneath the face shield.
Hospitals and clinics are running low or completely out of supply of face shields and have no choice but to treat infectious patients without a face shield to reduce exposure to airborne droplets and contagious body fluids.
We are a Loveland family and our son goes to the Loveland Middle School. A couple of weeks ago, we started making 3D printed face shields using our 3 home printers.
We have started a FaceBook group, 3D Printed Face Shields for Cincy which helps unite local 3D printing enthusiasts to help us make and donate more face shields to the local hospitals and clinics. To date, we have made and donated over 400 face shields for the frontline workers in our community (Kettering, OHC, TriHealth, Cincinnati Children’s, and local clinics).
Donating $1 will cover the materials cost for 1 face shield so we can purchase material for producing more face shields. $750 has been raised so far.
The 3D Printed Faceshields for Cincy group unites Cincinnati and tri-state area 3D printing enthusiasts who pledge to donate their time and efforts to create, distribute, and donate free face shields to Cincinnati based hospitals and clinics to combat COVID-19.
Hospitals and clinics are running low or completely out of the supply of face shields and have no choice but to treat infectious patients without one to reduce their exposure to airborne droplets and contagious body fluids.
The funds will be used to purchase material for producing more face shields.
⚫ Visor material
⚫ Elastic bands
⚫ Misc. Hardware, packaging, cleaners
We will be making and donating face shields as long as there is a need for them. Any remaining campaign funds will be donated to Charitable Health Network of Ohio to support free clinics.
For Makers and direct donations of filament/time