#makersgonnamake… Decatur Makers is proud to be a big part of the Georgia response to the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) shortage in partnership with other makerspaces and makers across the state! Under the Atlanta Beats Covid initiative, our group is creating face shields, N95-like masks, medical gowns, intubation enclosures and additional equipment.
This has grassroots beginnings with an email sent by one of our awesome members, Lee Whitcher, to our Decatur Maker community googlegroup to start up a group to help make quality products at high standards in this time of limited supply until the industries catch up to the demand; He wanted to help save lives. And makers jumped on board immediately. This rogue group grew to include many local makerspaces including the Maker Station, Roswell FireLabs, and Gwinnett Geekspace as well as Southeast Makers Alliance, and many other makers from around Georgia. Partnerships have also developed with other groups focusing on particular areas such as the Sewing Masks for Atlanta Hospitals Facebook group and Atlanta Face Shields.
We’re in direct talks with the healthcare providers; They’re sharing their needs, and we’re working hard to meet them. We’ve been researching designs, prototyping and testing products as well as producing items that include stringent sanitizing protocol based on industry and CDC standards.
To date, we’re delivering Wisconsin-style face shields in the hundreds! We’re ramping up to produce N95-style respirator masks, intubation enclosures, and we’re working with folks sewing masks and gowns. We looked into making or fixing ventilators and through our strong ties with Georgia Tech, we saw them make headway, and we’ve refocused our efforts on other products.
“Thanks to the strength of the maker community, we are problem-solving and creating for a purpose,” says Lee. “We are proud to be part of this worldwide effort to help fill the need to save lives.” We raised more than $5,000 in the first few days, and though the operation is, as Lee says, “still a grassroots and boot-strapped effort, we desperately need further investment to do maximal good for our community.”
Financial donations can be made online at AtlantaBeatsCovid.com to support the purchase of 3D printer filament, plastic, elastic, and other raw materials and equipment. Decatur Makers is the fiscal sponsor, we’re a non-profit, so all donations are tax-deductible!