Save Lives

3D printing to save lives!

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization designated “coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) a global pandemic. As the number of cases in continues to grow globally, political leaders are encouraging physical (or “social”) distancing to slow the rate of transmission. The goal of this practice is to flatten the curve of new infection, thereby avoiding a surge of demand on the health care system, though despite this many countries are already running on under capacity. In Italy, health care workers experienced high rates of infection and death partly because of inadequate access to PPE.

COVID-19 mask v2


So how can we protect our heroes?

The front-line health care workers that are out in the field everyday while the rest of the world get to sit at home. What part can we play in supporting health care workers.
In reaction to the acute shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline staff, many people started producing PPE on their own in particular the medical Splash screens which are often improvised from common household materials.

Improvised Splash Mask


What are we doing?

We’ve launched a local initiative to 3D print Splash screens which we will donate to health care workers in Curacao. This idea is inspired by the Czech Prusa Research which have made a step by step guide and all 3D files available for download (links posted below).

Drone Racing Curacao and Curacao Tech Meetups in Collaboration with partners are ready to run our 3D Printers round the clock to produce Face Shields for donation to our local Health Care Workers during this Covid-19 Pandemic.

The first prototypes are ready and have been submitted to the G&Gz (Geneeskundige & Gezondheidszaken) for the quality control stage of the project. Once approved they will be field tested by front-line health workers and the design adjusted if needed.

We have received many positive feedback from organizations willing to help and supply materials such as Mensing’s, Green Phenix, University of Curacao and JCI IOBA.

Curaçao Tech Meetups | covid-19 Splash mask

Curaçao Tech Meetups | Docter with mask covid-19
Curaçao Tech Meetups | covid-19 face mask

Challenges With Prototyping

  • Materials
  • Design
  • Location
  • Mandatory hygiene protocol
  • Manpower
  • Crowdsourcing

Steps + Download Links

Get to work right away!

1. Step by Step instructions
https://manual.prusa3d.com/Guide/Assembling+the+Prusa+Face+Shield+RC1-RC2-RC3+-+community+version/1528#s41283

2. Download the files
https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc3

3. Workplace protocol and disinfection guide by G&Gz

4. Prusa Face Shield disinfection
https://help.prusa3d.com/en/article/prusa-face-shield-disinfection_125457

5. Additional info on guide
https://blog.prusaprinters.org/from-design-to-mass-3d-printing-of-medical-shields-in-three-days/

Additional Notes

Next to 3D printing PPE’s there are plenty more ways to show your support.
In some countries are gathering food and dropping it off at the local hospitals so health care workers have one less worry to think about. In Curacao we love to cook, so a good home-cook meal will also hit the spot.

If you have N95 masks or other PPE equipment at home, you could also consider donating these to G&Gz (Geneeskundige & Gezondheidszaken) Health Care Departments. You can contact us at info@CuracaoTechMeetups.com

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