Columbia University Libraries – What is the problem? As the Coronavirus Pandemic continues to spread around the world, the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) becomes more acute. With a 3D printer, however, it is possible—while supplies last—for ordinary citizens to manufacture PPE and make them available to hospitals and clinics in their communities. How can I help? Although 3D printers can be used to print complex PPE such as N95 masks, printing a successful mask is beyond the reach of the abilities and budgets of many people who wish to help. On the other hand, 3D printers are very useful for printing visors that can be attached to clear plastic to make face shields. This site provides documentation and the necessary model to 3D print visors. What will I need?
The face shield is made up of three parts:
- An elastic headband holding the shield in place on the health care worker’s head.
- A 3D-printed visor connecting the elastic to the transparent shield that rests on the health care worker’s forehead.
- A transparent shield made of acetate or thin acrylic.
To create a face shield, one needs access to a 3D printer, cutting tools for the shield itself, and the ability to sanitize the shields with disinfectants once they are produced…”