Printing Atlanta Face Shields

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What are we printing?

We are printing the Prusa Face Shield as described in 3D PRINTED FACE SHIELDS FOR MEDICS AND PROFESSIONALS. We are using version RC 3.1 currently, and plan to move to newer 3.x versions as they are released.

PLEASE CHECK THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES REGULARLY. We will update with new files and print guidance as we move forward together.

If you have a Prusa printer and PETG, we recommend printing the “stacked” version at Prusa Face Shield - Stack ver.. If you use the gcode file published by Prusa it is speed optimized for PETG, and packs 8 face shields into a single print, so you can print 8 sets in about 11 hours. Note: updated to version 3.2 'complete fixed' version.

If you print a Prusa Stack, please separate the stack prior to sending the printed parts.

If you use another model of printer, or are printing using PLA, we recommend printing Prusa Protective Face Shield RC3 using these settings:

  • Material: PETG preferable, PLA acceptable.
  • Speed: 60 mm/s or slower
  • Layer height: 0.30 mm or finer
  • 3 Perimeters, 30% infill, using ‘grid’ infill.

Note that the Prusa Face Shield is 196mm by 147 mm (7.7 in by 5.8 in), so you will require a printer with at least that large a print area.

Who is doing the printing?

By “we” we mean anyone (or school, business, MakerSpace, etc.) with a 3D printer that’s willing to help out. If you have not done so, please register as a volunteer at Atlanta Beats COVID and select “I would like to volunteer” to help with “Manufacturing” and indicate that you want to help with “3D Printing (w/ access to a printer)” . Please make sure that you proceed to the end of the registration process. This will allow us to email you with updates related to 3D printing to help Atlanta beat Covid-19.

How are we printing it?

Material: Prusa recommends printing in PETG, but if that is not available please use PLA. Those two materials are resistant to the chemicals used to sterilize the face shields in a hospital setting.

If you are in the Atlanta area, we have a supply of PETG available for this use. If you need PETG, email and we will provide information about where and when to pick up PETG. Pick up will be zero contact.

Handling: please wear a protective face mask and gloves, or scrub hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, before handling the printed parts.

Remove and clean the parts, separate stacked parts, and place in a clean bag or box.

Note that the parts will be assembled and sterilized before delivery to healthcare workers, but we wish to minimize the chance of contamination for safety. Packaging

For drop off, bag the printed parts. For shipping please box the parts, and include sufficient padding material (e.g. bubble wrap, crumpled paper) so that the parts are not loose, to minimize damage in shipping.

Please include the following information inside the package with the parts:

  1. Your name and address
  2. Version (e.g. “RC 3.1 Stacked headband with bottom”)
  3. Printer (e.g. Prusa Mk3, Ender 3 Pro, etc.)
  4. Material (e.g. PLA, PETG)
  5. Quantity (e.g. “8”)
  6. Date sent
  7. Print settings (layer height, speed)

This will help us track what is produced, by whom, etc., which will help us optimize the production process, and to produce some basic reports (e.g. how many parts are printed of each version, or in which material, what speeds work best). Your personal information will only be used to contact you about your prints, and will not be made public without your permission.

How do I Send It

If you are in the Atlanta Area, please bag or box the parts, and bring it to a drop box at Roswell FireLabs.

If you are not able to bring the parts to our location, please box the parts and ship to Roswell FireLabs.

Roswell FireLabs
1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd
Roswell, GA 30076

Questions or Suggestions

Please post in the Discussion tab for this page.

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