Idaho Makers for Equity
Idaho Makers for Equity, a state-wide initiative highlighting accessibility and inclusion in education, has pivoted to respond to Idaho’s urgent public health need due to the COVID-19 crisis. Announcing the #IdahoMakersUnite project!
Healthcare workers need Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to stay safe and ready to assist others. Hospital workers, first responders, nursing and retirement home staff, doctor’s office personnel, pharmacists, and more rely on these items to keep them healthy! Unfortunately, many of these critical items are in short supply.
You can help! Be part of an army of Idaho Makers providing solutions to keep those on the front lines of care safe and healthy!
Is your facility in need of Personal Protection Equipment? Please complete the short form below so we can connect you with makers who can fulfill your request!
Ready, Set, Make
- The first and most important thing you need to do is to contact your local healthcare leaders (assisted living facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, county first-responders) and ask them what their specific needs are!
- Check out the resources below to determine which option best fits your communities’ needs and what materials are required to begin.
- Start making! Assemble a team or go it alone. Send us a picture of your successes! Remember – you can APPLY for funding from the Idaho STEM Action Center to support your making! (Instructions for creating an account and logging into our Grant Portal is on the right side of page. Once logged in, apply through the Idaho Makers Unite-COVID-19 grant opportunity.)
Ways You Can Help!
Tag shared information with #IdahoMakersUnite
Already Making and Need Resources? Idaho STEM Action Center is poised to support your local efforts. Click on Apply for Funding below.
Instructions for creating an account and logging into our Grant Portal is on the right side of page. Once logged in, apply through the Idaho Makers Unite-COVID-19 grant opportunity.
Do you know how to SEW or have a 3D Printer? Or know someone that does? Make Homemade Face Masks or Face Shields to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
Here are some designs being made across the country and world to help fill the need! Each has different properties, uses, and effectiveness, so remember to talk to your local leaders to ensure you are providing the right solution to their challenge.
Things to Remember:
- Review Health and Safety Guidelines for important information.
- Provide documentation with each item donated, including information on materials used and directions for care.
Ways of Working
- Follow the golden rule: wash your hands often & don't touch your face!
- Wear one of your own masks while you sew, and gloves if you can.
- If you feel sick, stop work! Take care of yourself, and keep any made masks with you at home.
Face Mask With Ties, Flexible Nose Piece, and Filter Pocket*
This design is often preferred by healthcare facilities as you can sterilize the outer mask and change the internal filter as needed. As always, check with your local organization to determine actual need before starting your project.
- Materials, Patterns, and Sewing Instructions. Includes Video Tutorials.
- Information on Handsewn Face Masks, Notes from the Author
MERV13 FILTER MASK (Using Furnace Filters)*
Thank you to the West Virginia Mask Army for the following pattern, resources, and guidance in making these masks!
- Video on Cutting MERV13 Materials for Filter Masks (YouTube)
- MERV13 Materials Mask Instructions
- Video for Sewing The Patricia Mask using MERV13 Materials (YouTube)
3D Printed PPE
3D PRINTED MASK WITH FILTER INSERT (The Montana Mask)*
- Make the Masks website includes .stl files, instructions, assembly, videos, etc...
(See the bottom of the page for important information about how the Montana Mask is modified for a better fit.)
- Make the Masks Sanitization Tests
3D PRINTED FACE SHIELD OPTIONS
Salmon Public Library has been printing this face shield for healthcare facilities in their community. They even created a guide for ‘Handling and Care of your PPE” (linked below) to include when you drop off the shields.
Design That Matters Face Shield DtM-v3.0
- 3D Print Face Sheild File (zipped .stl file)
- Face Shield Instructions for Printing and Assembly
- Handling and Care for 3D Printed PPE, Salmon Public Library
- More Information: CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Eye Protection
3D Printed Mask Extenders-Ear Savers
- Download .stl file and instructions for Mask Extender-Ear Saver from Thingiverse
- US National Institute of Health review and approval
*LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The PPE information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment. Please be aware that these designs are not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available. The use of these PPE has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities.
- Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators: Crisis/Alternate Strategies, CDC.gov
- Current COVID-19 Maker Responses - Nation of Makers
- Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies Facebook Group
- Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mask Materials Matter - From COVID-19 Open Source Medical Supplies Group
- Science-based Mask Designs - Mask Covers, Filtration Masks, Standalone Fitted Masks
- The Big Four: Criteria for Community Mask Materials, MakerMask.org
- Suay Community Mask Coalition - Suay Mask Patterns and Instructions
- Master Guide to Maskmaking, Make Masks 2020 guideline to mask making materials
- Stop the Bug: Multiple Mask, Gown Patterns and Instructions
3D Printed PPE
- 3D for COVID for Makers - 3D Printer, Cutter, and Sourcing Resouces
- COVID-19 Supply Chain Response, NIH 3D Print Exchange - Clinically reviewed PPE
- Can You Really Sterilize A 3D Print? Real Answers From Actual Studies
- MatterHackers Resources - COVID-19 Maker Response Hub connecting Makers and Facilities in Need, Donate Supplies, Models to Print
- Purchase PLA Filament - 1.75mm from Slant 3D
- Purchase Filaments from Filamatrix and use Code FIGHTCOVID
The Masks Now Coalition is a grassroots movement of volunteers and their groups, led by nineteen organizers directing over 3,700 volunteers who banded together in response to the urgent national shortage of masks brought on by the novel coronavirus outbreak in America.
Please complete this form if you represent a medical or health facility or office, retirement/nursing home, restaurant/food service facility or other essential workforce in need of PPE. We are currently serving the Idaho area ONLY.
If you are a larger healthcare facility located in the Treasure Valley, please consider directing your request to the United Way of Treasure Valley.
We review requests daily. We will work as quickly as possible to find a maker to meet your needs.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The PPE information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment. Please be aware that these designs are not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available. The use of these PPE has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities.
Idaho Makers for Equity 3D Print Models for Visually Impaired
Looking for our first Idaho Makers for Equity Project? The Idaho STEM Action Center (STEMAC) launched a state-wide initiative highlighting accessibility and inclusion in education. Our first project was a call to action to design and/or print educational 3D models for visually impaired students across the state. Click on the logo below for that first project.