Makers for COVID-19

3D-Printing Personal Protective Equipment for Medical Professionals on the Frontlines

Healthcare workers have passed away due to the devastating lack of PPE. We are working to change that!

Doing Everything We Can for Our Heroes

Makers for COVID-19 is a coalition of individual hobbyists and 3D-printer owners all around the United States and the world. Together, we are supporting medical professionals on the frontlines with 3D-printed PPE along with other medical shortages.

Our members are properly printing face shields, face masks, ventilator valves, and mask clips. Makers donate to their local medical workers as well as through our centralized request system. 

Makers in Action

80,000+

Units of PPE Donated

Thanks to our diligent Makers and Partners, we've been able to donate 80,000+ units of PPE across the world.

250+ Hospitals Served 

Makers donate PPE through a database of requests in addition to donating to their local hospitals and medical centers

Members in 30 States and 8 Countries

Our Makers the United States, UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Ghana, and the Netherlands band together to keep medical workers safe

81,859 PPE Donated

11,581

10,200

8,873

21,716

Number of Units of PPE

This heat map represents the areas in the United States that we've donated to along with the number of PPE units donated. Not included are the 3,500 units of PPE donated to other countries.

Need PPE?

Makers for COVID-19 supplies face shields, mask clips, and fabric masks. If you need KN95s, N95s, or medical gowns, refer to our list of suppliers.

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Reusability

Unlike most of the face shields provided to medical professionals, the face shields and mask clips donated by Makers for COVID-19 can be reused. Check out our guide on reusability to get the most out of your PPE. 3D-printed face shields can be used multiple times, which helps to reduce the huge shortage of PPE faced by so many in need. Requesting new sheets and cleaning face shield frames allows 3D-printing face shields to be both sanitary and reusable.

Anyone with 3D-printed face shields can request FREE plastic sheet replacements for their face shields. You can find the form to request just below.

Make With Us

As COVID-19 continues to proliferate and the demand for PPE follows, Makers for COVID-19 has increased its efforts to collaborate with other PPE supplying organizations to help meet that demand. We are still making our own PPE, and can't wait to have you join our team.

Join The Community to Get...

  • 1:1 guidance by organizers to help new Makers get started

  • Access to material discounts and reimbursements for material and shipping costs

  • Active community sharing the newest 3D files, printing techniques, information on shortages, and hospitals in need

  • Guides to ensure the PPE you make meet the highest medical and sanitation grade possible

  • Get access to a database of donation requests curated by highest need so that you can make the most impact

  • Be part of a supportive and encouraging community of Makers

Our Story

Hi👋, my name is Karina and I am the Founder and lead organizer of Makers for COVID-19. After being sent back home to Brooklyn mid-semester with my 3 printers, I couldn't sit back and do nothing like most Makers. I started doing research to understand the nuances of printing medical grade PPE and additional materials. That same day I started printing face shields and created a slack group for Makers like myself to understand these nuances and get the latest information. Overnight, the group grew to be 170+ members strong and one of the largest Maker collaborations for COVID-19 with new members flooding in everyday. On top of moderating the slack and creating resources for our Makers, I am running my printers 24/7, setting timers, and waking up in the middle of the night to start a new print the minute a previous print is complete. Like most of our Makers, I am doing everything I can, which is why your support no matter how little encourages us to keep going and keep making.

Meet the Team

Advised by the Cornell Law Clinic

Claire Wu 

Executive Director of PPE Demand.

Claire is a rising junior studying biology and writing at Stony Brook University and is the President of Asian Students Alliance, a student organization at SBU volunteering at Makers for COVID-19. She obtains, processes, and follows all PPE requests until delivery. Claire also manages the Makers' email account and shares resources to current and previous requestors.

Olivia Chan

Executive Director of Resources.

Business management major interested in marketing and global business. As someone who enjoys keeping herself perpetually engaged and involved, Olivia took this opportunity to give back to her community and help mitigate the effects of the ongoing health care crisis and lack of PPE. At Makers for COVID-19, Olivia monitors common concerns and questions and works with the other organizers to create guides for makers both domestically and internationally.

Caitlin Stanton

I'm Caitlin Stanton, a Cornell graduate and incoming Masters student in electrical and computer engineering. I'm passionate about equality in education, diversity in tech, and, most relevantly, tech for social good. I'm part of the International Makers for COVID-19, helping to write resources for Maker groups around the globe.

William Yang

Senior currently majoring in Health Science on the pre-physical therapy track at Stony Brook University. Will is currently volunteering at Makers for COVID-19 assisting in maker outreach.

Brandon Yuen

Executive Director of Medical Outreach. Brandon Yuen is a rising sophomore at Cornell University studying biometry and statistics. As an aspiring physician and tech enthusiast, Brandon saw Makers for COVID-19 as the perfect way to help out heroic health care workers as they battle the current crisis. At Makers for COVID-19, Brandon is a and head director, focused on connecting with members and delivering PPE. 

Demi Dong

Executive Director of Makers.

Hey, I'm Demi! I joined the project after realizing the lack of efficient supply-and-demand for safety equipment for front line workers. COVID-19 Makers had a great vision for a solution, and I am now working on the outreach team in gathering more Makers to help spread that vision nationally.

Rachel Foong

Rachel is a rising junior majoring in Health Science on the pre-PA track and minoring in Health and Wellness. She wanted to take a more active role in helping her community during the crisis. At Makers For Covid-19, Rachel is one of the organizers and provides the new members with the information they need to get started.

Kate Lin

Kate is currently an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University on the Pre-PA track. She’s proud to be a part of Outreach in Makers for COVID-19!

Alonzo Tabada

Hi! I'm Alonzo. I am a recent graduate from Stony Brook University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. I help find hospitals and nursing homes facing PPE shortages due to Covid-19. I also arrange donation requests to healthcare facilities throughout the United States.

Tony Chen

Currently, an undergraduate rising sophomore studying Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Stony Brook University. Tony is a volunteer organizer who helps reach out and contact Makers to ensure they have all the information they need to get started on printing and helping those in need.

Amanda Buettner

New to the 3-D printing scene, Amanda jumped at the opportunity to learn more about how this technology could have a positive impact during this crisis. Having family members that work in the healthcare sector and that live in New York City, she wanted a way to help those at the frontline that were in need of supplies. At Makers for COVID-19, Amanda manages maker outreach.

Ivan Gao

Ivan is a rising junior in the Health Science major on the Pre-PA track and the Treasurer of Asian Students Alliance. As a volunteer organizer at Makers for COVID-19, Ivan interacts with our Makers to ensure all their needs are met and follow up on PPE requests.

Ethan Chan

Executive Director of Organization Outreach.

Studies philosophy as a rising sophomore. Ethan is a champion of workers' rights and has family members who are a part of the medical community. For him, deciding to work with makers who can 3D-Print PPE to help healthcare workers stay safe was an easy decision. At Makers for COVID-19, Ethan manages maker outreach.

Kelsey Liu

Executive Director of International Makers.

As someone studying biology and minoring in women and gender studies, Kelsey came on board to tackle the crisis at a different angle and find a way to help those in the medical field, which she aspires to join in the future. She is a part of Asian Students Alliance, a cultural organization in Stony Brook University, and is new to 3D printing but has found a way to work around that difficulty and benefit both Asian American and medical communities. Kelsey manages international collaborations at Makers For COVID-19.

Lavanya Sharma

Lavanya Sharma is a rising high school senior at North Hollywood High School. After seeing the devastating effects of COVID-19 worldwide, she wanted to take action to support healthcare workers on the frontlines. At Makers for COVID-19, Lavanya is responsible for curating the weekly newsletter to inform the public on our impact thus far and how they can get involved and support their community as well.

Michelle Chow

A rising senior at Alameda Science and Technology Institute hoping to study engineering and pursue a career in the Space industry. Michelle jumped on the opportunity to support health care workers on the front lines and hopes to help make a difference in combatting the pandemic. At Makers for COVID-19, Michelle works with medical workers to organize and process their PPE requests to completion.

Jasmin Wang

Jasmin is a rising third year in a biomedical program. Jasmin saw what a large impact Makers for COVID-19 had and wanted to help. At Makers for COVID-19, she helps with creating international relations with maker spaces and finding oversee hospitals to fulfill the need for PPE.

Sophie Greer

Hi, nice to meet you! I am a rising sophomore at Bryn Mawr College and I'm passionate about activism/social justice/doing good, math, neuroscience, data science, building community, and cats! At Makers for COVID-19, I serve as a support system for our shippers.

Donate

All of our members are volunteers and printing these items at their own cost. Many have donated their time, printers, materials, and purchased additional materials (such as clear plastic sheets for face shields) for this cause. In addition to printing, many of our Makers will go out of their way to deliver life-saving PPE to hospitals in critical areas. To help us reimburse our Makers, please consider donating.

 

We are currently in the process of obtaining 501c-3 tax exempt status in order to accept corporate donations.

Get involved

- write a note to medical workers to show your appreciation. Your note will be included in a box of PPE donations!

“The messages are wonderful! They keep us going!” - Ting Z.

Partners

Student and STEM organizations banding together to fight COVID-19

Student volunteers assisting

with digital operations

Sourcing requests from hospitals and facilities on the West Coast

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Creating graphics to illustrate our impact

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3D-Printing PPE partner fulfilling demand in Ghana 

Assisting with KN95, N95, and gown supply to our medical network

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Mexico Chapter

3D-Printing PPE partner fulfilling demand in Mexico 

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Promoting our mission, recruiting Makers, and outreach to medical facilities

Offering Makers a 5% discount on printers and a 15% discount on filament purchases using the above link

3D-printing partner fulfilling demand for hospitals across the United States

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Makers for COVID-19 is serving on the advisory council for Makers + Mentor Network's advisory council to bring maker-centered learning to all students

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