What an exciting day for this project! Our makers have been working hard pumping out shields at maximum capacity — we now have 800 shields produced — and project volunteers are getting shields assembled for some major upcoming hospital distributions.
Today, a second batch of 100 shields were delivered to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. While delivering them, the ICU directors invited me to witness their “Code Blue” emergency response rehearsal in their outdoor tents, which have been setup to handle the oncoming surge of CV-19 patients. This gave me a first-hand look at what types of other equipment hospitals could need in this surge, that we could make for them in the future. They introduced me to the nurses, doctors, and even security guards who have already been wearing our shields and bragging about how comfortable they are! They had more useful feedback for the design, and our team is instantly providing them solutions and implementing into all future deliveries (such as fog prevention, fitting on smaller heads, etc).
This weekend, we have been prepping over 500 shields for delivery to hospitals including Verdugo Hills, St. Mary Medical Center (Long Beach), Capital Health in Hopewell, NJ, and nearly a dozen more smaller care centers across SoCal!
I would like to take a moment to share the People Behind the Printers helping to make this all happen! Check out the photos to see a couple collages of students, mentors, engineers, and organizations supporting this cause:
Terry, Alberto, Mark (and family), Kevin, the CSU Long Beach Rocketry Team, and students from LB Poly Robotics, Mathieu, Sam, and Garrett! Thanks to all of you for your hard work here. More volunteers will be featured in future updates.