There is a lot happening right now in our world. With the COVID-19 outbreak and many people stuck at home and out of work, so much of the future is uncertain. Self-isolation has not left us on our own, though. One can only feel hope and a great sense of pride when reading the reports of those coming together at every level to help during this time. There are those volunteering to go to the grocery store for elderly or high risk neighbors, teachers offering free online courses, and thousands of individuals offering their aid in whatever way they can.
The Roswell Firelabs Makerspace is doing our part, too. Working alongside Atlanta Beats COVID and Atlanta Face Shields (a collaborative effort of makerspaces, community organizers, and individual contributors in the Metro-Atlanta Area), the Roswell Firelabs is volunteering as part of the supply chain of 3D printed Personal Protective Equipment, ensuring that all pieces donated through Atlanta Beats COVID are properly sanitized prior to being packaged for use by healthcare practitioners. Roswell Firelabs is also fabricating 3D printed headgear based on designs approved by the National Institute of Health, to contribute to the cause (every piece helps address the overall shortage) as well as partnering with the Georgia Tech Research Institute to assemble, sanitize and distribute basic foam-and-elastic face shields which do not require any advanced tools and can be assembled with general office supplies.
Interested in helping? Here are some of the ways you can help us make a difference:
- Donate time: If you are at home and have tools or skills you want to put to use to help – a 3D printer, a sewing machine, etc., visit here and download design/pattern files to get started. Then, register as a volunteer here. Roswell Firelabs will have designated dropboxes outside our building’s front door for all community-manufactured items. These items will be thoroughly sanitized prior to being distributed via the Atlanta Beats COVID volunteer network.
- Donate materials: Any materials used in fabricating these items is helpful. 3D printer filament, sheet transparencies, elastic bands, fabric, etc. We will have a donation bin for these as well. If you have larger items (sewing machines, etc), feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements.
- Donate funds: Money is tight for a lot of people right now, but any amount is in support of a good cause. Donate to Atlanta Beats COVID or make a general donation in support of the Roswell Firelabs.
In this time of need, remember that you are not alone. We are a community - a community of makers. This is what we do and we will get through this. It will be okay.
If you or someone you know is a healthcare professional and would like to obtain PPE, please submit a request here.