LaneyVisor: rapidly made faceshields for doctors

Our Goal: Produce and distribute 10,000 face shields for local healthcare workers.

The Bay Area is experiencing a massive shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Using rapid-prototyping, digital fabrication techniques available to students at the Laney College FabLab, we have created a face shield design for our local healthcare workers. With the help of Wright Engineered Plastics , your donation will be used to manufacture 10,000 face shields to protect those working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.




Why the LaneyVisor?

Designed specifically to meet the needs of healthcare workers
Created by and for our local community
Not for profit
Proven record of success

Want to print or share our 3D printable version of the LaneyVisor?

Check out our GitHub repository 

What will your donation be used for? 

Each LaneyVisor will cost $2.50 to manufacture, package, and distribute. Your donation goes directly towards the acquisition and manufacturing of:

Injection molded plastic headbands manufactured by Wright Engineered Plastics from Santa Rosa, Ca
Die cut PET visors
#19 non latex bands
Packaging supplies
All other project management and labor is being donated by the Laney FabLab team and our community of volunteers. 

What will you do if demand in the Bay Area flattens or if you raise more than $25,000?

Demand may decline in the Bay Area, but it will likely increase in other parts of the globe. We are committed to distributing the LaneyVisor to any part of the world that needs them. If we raise more than $25,000, that money will go to producing more LaneyVisors for Bay Area facilities or other facilities around the world.

Our First Success: We have already delivered 500 face shields to healthcare workers.

In March, we spent two weeks developing the LaneyShield, our first version of the face shield.  We have successfully produced and delivered 500 LaneyShields to Alameda Health System (Highland Hospital and Alameda Hospital), as well as to Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.  

Check out this article in Hoodline  for updates on we and other maker spaces are doing!


Now we need to produce another 10,000 shields by May, 2020.

Since the release of the LaneyShield, we have continued developing its design to improve efficiency and practicality.  Our newest version of the shield, the LaneyVisor, improves on the LaneyShield in two specific ways:

1.The LaneyVisor is more easily sanitized and so it can be used more than once.

2. The LaneyVisor can be manufactured and assembled much faster than the LaneyShield. 

47230894_1586712369676730_r.jpegTo see the full graphic, click here .

Why we need your help:

In order to mass produce the LaneyVisor, we need to raise $25,000 to purchase materials and cover manufacturing costs.  That’s where you come in. If you are able, please consider donating to help keep our healthcare workers safe. Thank you!


Want more info?

Check out our website .


Thank you to those who have contributed so far:

We've been very fortunate to receive donations and discounted material for our first batch of 500 shields. These partners include:

- Wright Engineered Plastics 

- American Foam Inc (foam headbands)

- Coca Cola (plastic visors)

- Discount Fabrics (elastic strap)

- The administration of Laney College

- Automatic Arts  (manufacture of components)

- The Port Workspaces  (assembly space and support)

Our team:

- Mark Martin - Regional Director, Advanced Manufacturing - Bay Area Community Colleges
- Rick Rothbart - Lead Technician, Laney College FabLab
- Levi Williams - Technician, Laney College FabLab
- Heather Tsang - Laney College student - Videographer
- Anna Comito - Laney College student - copy editing
- Adam Klinger - Laney College student - copy editing
- Ulan McKnight - Laney College student - 3D modeling, copy editing

  • Anna Shaw 
    • $75 
    • 13 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • Kimberley Watson 
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • Kym Johnson 
    • $25 
    • 14 mos
  • Ruel & Bertrand Walker-Vandeville 
    • $200 
    • 14 mos
See all

Fundraising team: The Laney College FabLab (6)

Richard Rothbart 
Raised $4,175 from 65 donations
Berkeley, CA
The Peralta Foundation 
Levi Williams 
Team member
Raised $11,470 from 19 donations
Mark Martin 
Team member
Raised $2,410 from 27 donations
Adam Klinger 
Team member
Raised $275 from 4 donations
Anna Comito 
Team member
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