Our partnership with other metro-Atlanta area makerspaces in making and delivering PPE to healthcare and other frontline professionals as Atlanta Beats Covid (ABC), is on the verge of wrapping up our initiative, as we are, thankfully, not needed. Our mission, to make and deliver PPE during the pandemic as supply chains were disrupted, has come to a close.
After an extremely generous donation from the Jim Ellis Family and Accenture in August and early September, and with PPE now readily available commercially, over the past several weeks we have been able to purchase and directly ship tens of thousands of face shields, masks, gowns, gloves, and sanitizers to more quickly meet the needs of schools and other organizations that don’t have the immediate funds.
Thanks huge to all of our makers, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for helping us make and deliver almost 60,000 PPE since March 2020! Woot Woot!
Stay positive, Test negative: Please continue to wear your masks, socially distance, and wash your hands.
We’re in this together and things will get better!
Published April 6, 2020:
#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!