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Material for COVID-19 Face Shield

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I have two 3D printers and a laser cutter in my design studio which I am putting into service to print parts for face shields that will be used by hospital staff in Letterkenny University Hospital in Donegal, Ireland.

I have a small bit of material in stock, enough to make around 20 face shields (the Prusa RC3 design pictured above), I have the machines and I have the time, but need help to purchase more PLA filament. Like many others, my own income has been severely effected by the pandemic, so while I am happy to donate my time and expertise, I don't have the funds to keep a stock of material for the duration of this emergency.

If you can afford even a small amount it will make a difference. The material I use for my machines costs €25 for a kilo, which is equivalent to approx 16 shields.  If I run my machines around the clock, I will need to refill the material every four days.

I am one of dozens of people based in Donegal with access to 3D printers doing the same thing, based on the initiative of Garry Gorman who started the call out. 

[edit] I've raised more than enough funds to keep my 3D printers going for 3 weeks, and am purchasing a lot more to disperse to the rest of the group where needed so they can keep going. We're looking into the feasibility of a laser cut design which would greatly increase the number of visors we can make per day, so future funds will go towards costs associated with this process.


  • Barry C
    • €5 
    • 4 yrs


Ed Devane

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