Lessons Learned by NYC Makers Producing Personal Protective Equipment for Medics

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A coalition of 14 makerspaces, hospitals, and unions has organized to create and distribute face shields and other protective equipment to frontline nurses and doctors coping with a wave of COVID-19 cases in New York City.

They made their first delivery of 97 shields on 22 March, and currently have enough capacity to produce between 500 and 1,000 shields a day, according to Jake Lee, a computer science masters student at Columbia University and spokesperson for the coalition called NYC Makes PPE. And they’ve some tips for other engineers and makers itching to put their skills and facilities to use.

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