The COVID-19 pandemic has rattled the globe and caused a severe shortage of much-needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is vital and necessary for the healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic.
In this video, created by our friends at Hackaday, the people behind these projects share their experiences. Engineers, hackers, and makers from across the globe have come to the aid of medical professionals in this crisis. These are just some of the many people and organizations who have risen to the occasion:
- Coronavirus Makers Madrid is a citizen initiative made of 4500 people to help healthcare professionals by providing 3D printed PPE in Madrid, Spain.
- CrashSpace is a Los Angeles hackerspace that has produced thousands of PPE using designs requested by hospitals, including Cedars-Sinai.
- Maker Asylum is a 6000 sq.ft. hackerspace in Mumbai, India that is using their fabrication facilities to produce PPE.
- NYCMakesPPE is a group of engineers, makers, and healthcare professionals using DIY manufacturing to support PPE production in NYC.
- Adafruit: Adafruit is an electronics manufacturer based in New York City that rapidly turned PPE maker and distributor when New York became the US epicenter.
- Matterhackers are 3D printer filament manufacturers and digital fabrication specialists. Their COVID-19 Maker Response Hub has delivered more than 60,000 pieces of 3D-printed PPE to hospitals.
- Prusa Research is a 3D printer manufacturer based in Prague, Czechia. Over the last few months, they have turned their manufacturing line for printers into a production facility for PPE.
A special thank you to all the essential workers on the frontline, the people and organizations in this video, and all of you out there who are supporting these efforts.