Personal Protective Equipment for KC Med Workers

The COVID-19 pandemic has been crippling to our country. All across the United States, we are seeing a growing number of people being affected by the coronavirus. Healthcare workers are the frontline against this disease, and many currently face a severe lack of the most important protections. One of these protections, face shields, are especially vital to nurses and doctors because by working in conjunction with masks, they protect against airborne fluids and droplets. 

The current situation has motivated us - Aaditya Pore, a senior at Olathe East and Ethan Jagoda, a senior at Blue Valley North - to found FreePPEKC to manufacture 3D-printed face shields for local healthcare workers. Joined by Aarushi Pore, a freshman at Olathe North, Drew Levinson, a senior at Blue Valley North, and Austin Tseng, a senior at Blue Valley North, we are working to reach as much of KC's healthcare workers as possible. All of the money that we fundraise through this campaign will be used for manufacturing and distributing these free PPE products. Additionally, the shields will be removable, replaceable, and cleanable.

We thank you in advance for your generous contributions. Your aid will keep our local healthcare facilities running and help save lives.   

What healthcare facilities will receive these face shields?
We have been in contact with Johnson County hospitals like Menorah, Saint Luke’s, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Olathe Med, and AdventHealth as well as nursing homes. If you are with an organization that may face a need for these and would like to be involved with the program, please fill out this form ( or contact us at [email redacted].

I have a 3D printer and would like to help. How can I get involved?
Great! We appreciate your support. Please contact us at [email redacted] for more information.

How are face shields constructed?
The face shields we construct consist of a headband made of 3D-printed PETG filament and a shield made of standard plastic sheet protectors.

What does FreePPE stand for?
Our name was inspired by the abbreviation for Personal Protective Equipment; PPE. 

If you have any further questions, please contact us at [email redacted]
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