Help us donate PPE (face shields, masks, ear savers, COVID boxes) to hospitals & front-line workers across the GTA.
During this worldwide pandemic, there is a recent shortage of medical supplies, especially for Personal Protective Equipment ("PPE"). Many of us know of friends or family that are working in the front-lines and are risking their lives to help our community.
Although we are not medical professionals, we want to do anything we can to help.
By using our in-house equipment, we have been able to produce PPE to donate to hospitals and front-line workers.
Jay Wengle (our Executive Director) and I have been working around the clock to manufacture face shields to be donated. However, in order for us to increase our production capabilities, we are looking for donations to help us purchase materials and possibly additional equipment required to manufacture these medical supplies. We are specifically looking to produce face shields. masks, ear savers, and COVID boxes.
Face shields are made with 3D printed filament and laser cut 20 mil / 0.2 in PETG plastic sheets. Medical staff often wear face shields while treating patients to protect against droplets that can possibly transmit coronavirus.
Ear savers are 3D printed pieces that ease the pain felt by frontline workers due to the face mask elastics being around their ears all day.
COVID boxes are used to safely intubate COVID-19 patients. They require 1/4 inch polycarbonate sheets and created using CNC machines and routers.
We've recently partnered with the City of Richmond Hill for access to additional 3D printers, and we're always looking for more local and community support. These are unprecedented times and it's been heartwarming to see Canadians work together to get through this.
Thank you for your help and generosity.
- Huron Chu, Jay Wengle, Ann Hu of The STEAM Project
Who are we?
The STEAM Project is a youth Makerspace and STEAM Education provider based in Richmond Hill.
We empower youth to solve real-world problems by providing mentorship and access to technology and equipment.
Where will the dollars raised go?
All dollars raised will go towards manufacturing and distributing face shields, face masks, ear gears and COVID boxes for healthcare workers in the GTA. The medical supplies will be shipped to hospitals and clinics where they are needed most. So far we have donated supplies to:
Mackenzie Health Hospital
Toronto General Hosptial
Ontario Shores Centre for Medical Health Sciences
The Midwives Collective of Toronto
Yellow Brick House
Richmond Hill Food Bank
CHIRS (Community Head Injury Resource Services)
Isabel and Arthur Meighen Manor Long Term Care Home
Mon Sheong Foundation
Princess Margaret Hospital
Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS)
Richmond Hill Parks & Recreation Team
The Richmond Hill Fire Department
Richmond Hill PPE Care Pod
Trinity Aurora Church
Scarborough Health Network
Which designs are being manufactured?
The most common 3D printed face shield design was developed by Prusa Research. You can access the 3D print file here: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-face-shield
Ear savers, to help ease the pain of having to wear a face mask all day as a frontline worker. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4249113
The COVID box was designed by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai in Taiwan, and is also open-source for global use: https://www.covidbox.org/
- Howard Arcand
- Dinah Gibbs
- Gloria Tse