Northumberland Mask Force: Face Shield Campaign

Update: May 28, 2020

We have officially suspended emergency operations and brought our production to an end. We stand ready to address future need. This is the final week of open/unrestricted distribution of free face shields to the community.

Overview/Original Appeal

Welcome to the Northumberland Mask Force: Face Shield Campaign brought to you by the Producer Alliance.  With our community experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are building our own supply chain for local production and donation of face shields for front-line workers across Northumberland.

Our self-organized community-based alliance of producers, makers, manufacturers, engineers and volunteers built a distributed operation that has ramped up production to an average of 282 units per day (2020-05-13) -- a 263% increase in production since we launched on GoFundMe. With the support of so many individuals and organizations we produced 7,105 face shields!

We utilized the Prusa RC3 open source design to unify and optimize our supply chain. Our face shields are donated to hospitals, emergency services, long-term care facilities and retirement communities (as well as community living and similar organizations) and essential services.

The general public asked how they can help and we responded with this crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe which is being managed on behalf of the producers alliance by Northumberland CFDC (an innovation and entrepreneurship NGO located at Venture13 in Cobourg).  And now we need your help!

Please consider donating what you can to this community innovation initiative. Your donation will cover the direct costs of production of face shields that will be donated to hospitals, long-term care facilities and retirement communities, emergency and first responders and essential services in Northumberland.

This includes:
- materials and supplies
- filament for 3D-printing face shield parts
- other much-needed components and equipment

STRETCH GOAL ANNOUNCED 2020-04-27: help us go to 250/units per day and expand outreach to the small businesses across Northumberland that are part of the essential workplaces category: let's work to ensure we can protect all front-line workers.

In the unlikely event that any funds raised by this campaign are not needed, they will be donated to Northumberland Hills Hospital and Campbellford Memorial Hospital Foundations.

"This is about community and the passion we all have to use advanced technology and innovation to drive production of personal protective equipment for front-line workers,” said Colin Slade, retired Canadian Coast Guard Captain and Quality Assurance lead. “With all of the support we have received from volunteers, industry and partners, we are able to make a real difference under extremely challenging circumstances. Thank you to everyone who has and will continue to support us in this effort. We know we can count on you."

For more information or to join our growing list of participating individuals and organizations, please visit the Northumberland dot i o Producer Alliance  online (".io" stands for "input/output").

~Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation

On behalf of and in partnership with the community.


Thank you to all members of the local producers alliance (in alphabetical order as of 2020-04-16):

ADL Insulflex
Argentum Electronics
Anonymous contributors (5)
Catherine Gissing
Canadian Wear Technologies
Cobourg Police Service
Colin and Helen Slade
Custom Plastics International
Durham College & Community 3DP Task Force (including Chris Daniel and Chris Gillis)
Jane and Todd Ferguson
Jeremy Fowlie
Microfactory Co-operative at the Venture13 MakerLab
Millard Towers
Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC)
Northumberland Hills Hospital
Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation
Northumberland Makers
Northumberland Manufacturers Association
Orono Design
Sabic Innovative Plastics Canada Inc.
Sewn to a T
Team Eagle Ltd.
Town of Cobourg/Venture13
Watershed Magazine

Jane Ferguson from SliceThis3D in Colborne, printing headbands for face shields.

The staff at York Super Pharmacy sporting face shields.

The folks at the Colborne/Cramahe Food Bank with their Face Shields

Township of Alnwick/Haldimand Fire Chief Mark Diminie receives his (matching) face shield.

Yes, this is an all-ages effort. Young makers are pitching in with their desktop 3D-printers, part of the extensive network of Northumberland Makers (our local makerspace, located at Venture13 in Cobourg).

47307482_15880308594776_r.jpeg volunteers assembling face shields at the Venture13 MakerLab in Cobourg.

Production lead Colin Slade overseeing manufacturing of over 200 face shields each day, batches assembled in the Venture13 Innovation Commons, commandeered for emergency production of PPE with the support of the Town of Cobourg.
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