Our group initially consisted of myself and every friend I knew with a 3D printer, Daniel Vail, Krish Shah, and Sucheth Seethalla. After contacting all 31 PETG filament manufacturers in the United States, one responded to me with incredible support. I am currently supplying filament to five people running a total of seven 3D printers, but unfortunately, even with the steep discount I received from Toner Plastics, PETG filament is still expensive for my 16 year old wallet, especially now that I cannot go into work.
I also reached out to my school, Northern Burlington HS, to see if I could use their 3D printers while school was out and people were in need. Within a week, I had another large volume printer set up and running 24/7. Mr. Dave Potts, a family friend and teacher at my school, is also currently working with us using the second printer that the school had available.
As of April 23rd, we have donated nearly 200 face shields to SEWA in NJ for local hospitals, and we are currently working with Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ to supply them with ear-savers that prevent cartilage damage in the ears and provide comfort for healthcare professionals. We already have over 500 ear-savers ready to go, and we are producing about 150-200 more every day. In addition, once cleared by the administration at Cooper Hospital, we may be supplying them with PAPRs (powered air purifying respirators) which are a game changer for protecting from viral threats, and reusable thanks to their enclosed design.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will enable us to help more people.
We recently created a Facebook page:
And please contact me if you know anyone with a 3D printer interested in joining the team to help.