The Astromechs have asked other robotics teams, businesses and 3D printing enthusiasts to help by 3D printing the top portion of the Prusa Protective Face Shield RC2. On the left is Astromechs member, Sajon Seaberg, modeling on of their first prototypes for KU Medical Center. The team gathered the materials and assembled 800 such face shields for KU Med and then started received requests from other groups desperate PPE.
Initially the team could not get more of the front facing film and had difficulty acquiring 3/4″ elastic for securing the headband. After some internet research, the team found that others, including the National Institutes for Health, had made effective face shields using clear report covers and overhead projector transparencies for the front shield. So they made over 115 face shields for groups who had nothing using report covers as the shield. This involved much use of a hole-punch.
When elastic bands were unavailable, the team tied rubber bands together to make an adjustable band to secure the face shield frame. This was a good stop gap until more supplies could be found.