Over the past month, we’ve seen makers all over the world step up to create 3D printed PPE equipment. Many of our Makers Making Change Chapter Leaders have been involved with these efforts at through their own companies, makerspaces and community groups outside of Makers Making Change. It’s been overwhelming to see the number of maker heroes out there, using their tools and skills to help front line workers, family members and their greater communities.

This blog is to give a shout out to our Chapter Leaders who make the world a better place on so many levels!

3d printed PPE ear saver devices

Washington Chapter

Bellingham Makerspace

Mary Elliot and the Bellingham Makerspace members are creating PPE for PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Hospital. To do this, they partnered with Portland Print Lab. The Bellingham Makerspace is also creating new designs as requests for PPE come in. Recently, they posted files for a prototype for a Tyvek Hospital gown which we’ve posted to the COVID-19 section in the Makers Making Change forum. Please feel free to test out this design and give feedback!

The group also posted another great resource which may be of use anywhere you are located; a free program that allows people how to re-purpose older smartphones and tablets into turn-key video conferencing kits which can be delivered to healthcare facilities in your area.

Do you live in the Bellingham area? Other resources, including making medical masks and other protective equipment, or requests for protective masks, these can be found on their Forms and Documents page. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out their volunteer application.

bellingham makerspace logo3d printed PPE ear saver devicesWashington Chapter Leader Mary wearing 3D printed PPE maskBellingham tyvek PPE gown prototype3D printed PE donated to Bellingham hospitals via Portland Print Lab

Florida Chapter

P.K. Young’s Roaring Riptide First Robotics Team

Our Gainsville Florida Chapter the Roaring Riptide have been actively creating face shields and ear savers since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March. With the help of their coach and MMC Chapter Leader Leigh Anne Brewster, the team contacted hospitals, and joined several Community based initiatives to support the PPE effort: Leigh Anne joined the University of Florida PPE Directors against COVID, the Gainsville Hackerspace, Makers against COVID, North Central Florida Orlando Maker Faire groups as well as several Florida Sewist Groups to create ear protectors for pediatric clinics. Masks and ear savers have been sent to local clinics, but also as far as Chicago and Indianapolis! Go Riptides Go!

If you need PPE in the Gainsville area please contact the Riptides through their Facebook Page

Roaring Riptides Florida Chapter holding 3D printed PPE earsaversFlorida Chapter Leader Leigh Anne Brewster printing PPE on a 3D printer

Roaring Riptides members makes 3D printed PPE faceshields

Winchester Virginia Chapter

Valley Makers Association

Winchester Chapter Leader and Valley Makers Association President Ryan Hall is very busy! He is engaging his local maker community to create PPE for Valley Health, Winchester Pediatric Clinic and Winchester Medical Center. The Valley Makers Association Facebook page also links to a cloth face mask initiative called Valley Maker Masks that some of their members are also a part of. Pictured below is Valley Makers Association member Tiffany Withem modelling a 3D printed face shield. 

If you are near in Virginia in and around Winchester, please fill out the Valley Makers PPE needs survey.

alley makers association logoValley Makers member Tiffany Withem wears a 3D printed PPE face shieldValley makers make 150 cloth mask PPE for donation

PPE mask mask on the 3D printer valley makers

New Mexico Chapter


Alice’s company 505Access was contracted to create to 1000 face shields for local hospitals. For this, Alice is working with Tanda at Vanguard Technology Corp to straighten parts of the design so that many units may be nested and cut with laser, waterjet or similar cutters. Alice has enlisted the help of Albuquerque maker groups such as  FUSE Makerspace to 3D print the PPE faceshields. Alice updated the design below and gave samples to the Hospital and got the OK and passed the Hospital’s Infection Control tests.

If you need PPE in the Albuquerque area, please contact Alice.

Alice 505Access PPE face sheilddesign-faceshield-505Access

Alice’s partner in the Albuquerque New Mexico Chapter, Will Ford is in the process of renting a warehouse space. He plans to create 3D printed PPE face shields for the local health care workers.


Do you want to create PPE for your community?

Check out our COVID Guidelines for Makers. Our team of administrators and engineers keep up to date with designs, safety procedures for handling PPE.

The Makers Making Change Forum is a great place to post links to PPE design prototypes in progress. Here, you can also  post about your local initiatives.