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Makers at Something Labs manufacture impermeable gowns for healthcare workers.

Apply Now for the $5,000 Maker Cohort Grant

By Grants, Makers

Are you a maker looking for a way to support frontline workers during the COVID-19 crisis? Get Us PPE is launching a Maker Cohort Grant program to kickstart DIY manufacturing groups interested in making and distributing impermeable gowns. Each group selected will receive $5,000 in funding to manufacture this essential protective equipment.  How are impermeable gowns made? Impermeable gowns are worn by healthcare workers to protect their skin and clothing from exposure to patients’ bodily fluids. Something Labs, a California-based coalition of engineers, designers, and machinists (and generous co-sponsor of this grant), has released open-source plans for complete fabrication and…

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“Can’t We Do Something?”: Creating Something Labs

By Makers

By Unnati Gupta As the country begins to reopen, the need for PPE has become masked and underrepresented. What started out as a shortage of N-95 masks has turned into an urgent need for gowns and shields. Something Labs, a nonprofit organization started in San Francisco and dedicated to providing PPE to essential workers, recognized the need for individuals providing PPE to understand and adapt to the changes in demand. Their story stems from a passion to share knowledge, resources, and hope.  When Eda Altiok (who has worked with GetUsPPE as a partnership lead since March) and her housemates heard…

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Open Works: Baltimore’s Largest Makerspace Uniting Maryland’s Makers to Produce PPE

By Makers

Open Works is the largest nonprofit makerspace in the country, and it is located in central Baltimore. Their space serves as an environment where anyone can build nearly anything they want with shared access to tools.  Open Works brings together people who want to learn new skills–from 3D printing to laser cutting, from woodworking to textiles, and more–as well as creative professionals of all stripes. They also offer classes, studio rentals, and community workshops. In all they do, they promote trust and economic growth.  To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the state of Maryland issued the closing of businesses. Part-time…

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Maker’s Habitat DIY Fabric Mask

Maker Monday: Spotlight on PPE Suppliers

By Makers

What’s a maker? The definition is broad: anyone who creates, builds, or innovates.  That means almost all of us are or have been a maker—whether by assembling furniture, creating a painting, sewing a dress, building a birdhouse, or 3D printing critical relief supplies for those in need. During the COVID-19 crisis, being a maker means you can help save lives.  Makers, sometimes working in tandem with engineers, from communities around the world are mobilizing during the pandemic, volunteering their time and skills to produce the much-needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that helps keep healthcare professionals and essential workers safe from…

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Nova Airway Procedure Tent

NOVA Labs: Makerspace Working to Produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

By Makers

One of the largest and most established makerspaces in the country, NOVA Labs is gaining attention as an innovative personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier. Located in Reston, VA, a town west of Washington, D.C., NOVA Labs is helping its community fight COVID-19 by creating in-demand PPE using creative techniques like 3D printing. Local Firefighters Ask NOVA Labs for Help Producing Life-Saving PPE Equipment One of the ways that NOVA Labs has helped the community is by supplying innovative devices to firefighters likely to come in contact with COVID-19 during their service. The collaboration between NOVA Labs and the D.C. Fire…

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