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Low-cost quick production and design of face shields

A systemic and collaborative approach to address shortage in PPE: designers, makers, health workers and manufacturers

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"Responding to a nation-wide shortage of protective personal equipment that is particularly acute in New York, faculty and researchers from across NYU have developed plans to distribute a new protective personal equipment (PPE) face shield design for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The shield can be produced and assembled in under one minute, delivering a unit at a fraction of the time it takes for those produced using 3D printing. While the team has already produced over 100 of the masks at small-scale and deployed them to emergency rooms, production at scale will begin the week of March 30, 2020, with capabilities to produce close to 300,000 shields within two weeks of materials arriving at production sites. The New York City Economic Development Corporation is funding the first round of production."

Moreover, the clinician-tested designs were made publicly-available for free to enable other regions to launch similar efforts for COVID-19 response. 

This shows the power of open source design and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The project included researchers and faculty at NYU Langone (NYU hospital) working with members from NYU Future Labs and supported by NYU Tandon MakerSpace. After being able to test the design, the team was able to secure funding from NYC Economic Development Corporation and get Brooklyn and to work with 3 local companies, Daedalus Design and Production Inc., PRG Scenic Technologies, and Showman Fabricators, to manufacture the shields. Finished products will be delivered by Black 6 Project directly to a distribution center for New York City hospitals.that pivoted to be able to produce the face shields.

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Here is another collaborative project between the NYU Tandon MakerSpace and another team at NYU Langone to develop faceshields:

as well as other equipment pieces for ventilators and PARP:

What is the need are you focusing on?

Shortage of PPE equipment is the main focus but by securing funding to get several local companies to manufacture the shields, the team was able to also support small businesses.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

Many makerspaces are switching their educational activities to use their design and production capabilities to produce PPE equipment or parts for medical equipment.

What is your profession?


Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Academia/Research

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your submission? Are you participating in these efforts?

Beyond those listed above: Others at NYU: This NY Times article provides a lot of great examples:


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Hey Anne-Laure, this looks great. Awesome open innovation effort by the students at NYU.

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Hi Arjan Tupan nice reading you! I hope all is well.
In the examples shared, it was more faculty, staff or start up hosted in NYU incubators than students (who can't be on campus) although a few of them helped with some of the design.
In any case, I agree I found the collaboration and open source element inspiring.

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Nice, thanks for the clarification Anne-Laure Fayard. Yes, we are quite fine. Hope you are as well.
I included this in my newsletter I'm sending out to spread inspiration and kindness in these times. Hope you like it:

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Thank you Arjan. I'll definitely check your newsletter. Take care! Stay safe and sane!