5/14 Update —
We’ve had some great coverage in local university news lately. As of today, we’ve had 7 publications documenting the efforts of the SoCal Covid Response team, the latest of which captured a glimpse into our manufacturing process: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/combating-covid-19-protective-equipment.aspx
The team has delivered nearly 13,000 pieces of PPE and continues to produce at a high rate. Thanks to our partners at Hawthorne High School and FRC Team 207, we are finding ways to produce mass quantities of shields at fast rates, like cutting hundreds of clear sheets per minutes using a CNC machine and a jig: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_5fulQBbjS/?igshid=43hj0mfuzsqc
We have received some very high praise from the users of our shields. Some healthcare workers have actually reported a preference of ours over the ones purchased by the hospital, because they are light weight and more comfortable to wear. Meanwhile, new volunteers are coming on-board every day to help produce shield headbands and mask straps. Several of my colleagues have also gotten in on the fun by purchasing their own printers to help out! This is very exciting to me, as it opens up new opportunities for collaboration on future projects where 3D printing is involved.
Todays photos feature a couple of our volunteer makers, Pauline and Anthony, posing with their upcoming shield deliveries. Also featured is a healthcare worker from the Orthopaedic Institute for Children proudly wearing her face shield.
Finally, a quote from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, whom we supported with delivery of hundreds of face shields and mask straps over the past few weeks:
“Many thanks to the team at SoCal Makers for dedicating their time and talent into developing, producing and delivering face shields and mask extenders to the healthcare providers at Cedars-Sinai. I personally delivered them to the units; watching the nurses’ faces light up when they heard the equipment was made for them by a talented group of high school robotics students, their mentors and families. Fostering creativity and problem-solving skills empowers our youth to take an active role in solving this pandemic that affects us all.”