Uniting the maker community to make PPE
Fueled by a desire to help in the fight against COVID-19, makers, hackers, engineers, and manufacturers from around the world joined together with medical professionals to get frontline and healthcare workers the necessary protection needed to stay safe.
All projects listed on GetUsPPE.org have been reviewed and approved by medical professionals, both from hospitals across the U.S. and from the Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies (OSCMS) Review Team.
We suggest you contact the location that you are planning to donate to BEFORE you embark upon a project.
Many hospital locations may not be currently accepting made items or may be unfamiliar with what you are referring to. Please try to keep your calls brief, as we want medical professionals to be on the front-lines where they are needed and not on the phone with makers.
As a maker, you are responsible for procuring your own equipment and materials, and ensuring your own health.
Do not attempt to make any PPE if you or someone in your household is sick. Do not make any PPE if you think you, or someone that you have been exposed to, may be sick. If you can, please separate your tools and equipment for making PPE away from people, pets, bathrooms, and food preparation surfaces.
There is still debate about how long the virus survives on hard industrial surfaces, but it is currently estimated that COVID-19 can live on hard industrial surfaces (metal, plastic, and glass) for up to 3 days. If you have access to sanitizing solutions, including diluted bleach, 70% alcohol solution, or products like Star-San or Odo-Ban, please disinfect your tools and equipment before and after each item is made. You can also let packed items sit for 3 days before distributing as another mechanism to reduce the risk of transmission.
For 3D printing:
The plastic is heated up enough to be considered clean once the print is finished, so long as the machine is clean.
Do not attempt to sterilize the finished part; just drop it in a clear bag with gloves or tongs and set aside.
Many sterilization solutions will damage PLA, and off-the-shelf isopropyl alcohol is not concentrated enough to clean the parts.
Store similar to N95 masks, allowing the mask to hang in a designated area or placed in a paper bag and labeled (only one mask per paper bag). Launder after each use.
Wear a face mask and a fresh pair of gloves when collecting each piece of PPE.
Immediately store the PPE in a sealable bag. To minimize the risk of cross contamination, do not store the entire stock you’ve made in one place.
Note any modifications recommended to the original design.
As you know, making is iterative, and our lead makers and designers are working hard with medical professionals to refine the design to meet the evolving needs of our healthcare workers. Please check back to the site between batches to make sure you’re using the most current version of the design.
These are not FDA-regulated medical devices, and have not been manufactured to the same degree of sterility as other medical equipment.
Get Us PPE and all of its related affiliates and partners make no claims regarding the safety and efficacy of the PPE in preventing any disease or illness, including, but not limited to COVID-19. In utilizing the designs provided on www.GetUSPPE.org/makers, you are voluntarily electing to make the objects described. As such, by participating in this effort, you are releasing, waiving, and discharging releases from any and all liability, claims demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by any individual or organization, while participating in these activities.
Thank you for your contributing your maker talents to benefit those in need of PPE!
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Maker design submissions
We partnered with the Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) group to identify and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.
If you are interested in submitting a PPE design for inclusion as part of the OSMS Medical Supply Guide, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit designs for 3D printing to America Makes. Open source designs are medically and technically reviewed and documented with healthcare worker’s safety as the number one priority.