According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 54,453 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 54 jurisdictions (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Island) as from January 21st to March 25th, 2020. With PPE in short supply across the globe, 3D printer operators across the nation have been called upon to focus their production on devices needed to protect healthcare workers.
Although JuggerBot 3D focuses on the production of industrial-grade 3D printers, we have long-maintained an internal printing service using some of our own machines. The efforts and resources will be redirected to aid in the supply of devices for those fighting against COVID-19.
What it is
After vetting a variety of designs, JuggerBot 3D finalized a face shield design comprised of a 3D printed visor, and elastic band, and PETG sheet. Additional details about the features and functionality include:
- Helps to protect against droplet risks to the face and eyes;
- Fits a variety of head sizes;
- Can be disinfected; testing for different sterilization methods specific to COVID-19 are currently pending for similar devices: see sterilization guide
While the design is mechanically sound and well-suited for 3D printing, all users are encouraged to consult with medical professionals to understand the effectiveness of the device.
Updates regarding supply and additional devices will be provided at www.juggerbot3d.com/covid-19/.
What it’s not
These face shields are not designed to prevent airborne transmission of COVID-19.
While the collective efforts across the world for masks and valves designed to do just that are building confidence, we cannot say with any certainty that JuggerBot 3D will be producing devices like this in the near-term. We are following closely an on-going investigation led by the Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes to identify the areas and applications where 3D printing can be applied.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The device should NOT be used as a replacement for conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”). The device has not been industry tested and has not been NIOSH approved. The Manufacturer disclaims any warranty, express or implied, including those of quality, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or infringement, and will not be liable for any losses or damages in connection with the use of the device.
We emphasize that this device has not been assessed for its comparative efficacy to prevent airborne infectious diseases compared with the standard-of-care.
No proof-of-concept testing was conducted to assess the device for its effectiveness.
USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Filed Under: Hack the Crisis: Engineering through COVID-19, Make Parts Fast