As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, hospitals and healthcare workers are facing a critical shortage of masks, protective gear, and other components needed to save lives. In Spain, a group of technology volunteers is filling the gap. Coronavirusmakers is a volunteer organization comprised of 16,000 researchers, developers, engineers, and makers who are manufacturing respirator adaptors for ICUs, visors, masks, and other emergency medical supplies using plastic materials, and their 3D printers, along with other 3D printers donated by ASSIA and other technology companies.
Stefan Schiller, Testing Engineer at ASSIA is an active member of the CV19 FUENCARRAL – EL PARDO district Coronavirusmakers located in Madrid. The group has over 160 volunteers making anti-splash visors, ear protectors, and respirator adaptors using 3D printers at home.
The makers design, manufacture, and administer all of the logistics for collecting and distributing raw and sanitary materials required for production. They also welcome feedback from healthcare staff and adapt finished products to their needs.
6000 protective supplies already delivered
Coronavirusmakers has delivered more than 6000 protective pieces of gear to date. They have produced over 250 anti-splash visors daily for use in hospitals including La Paz, Ramón y Cajal, Ruber, Quiron and multiple nursing homes, health centers, supermarkets, post offices, pharmacies and other commodity stores all over Madrid.
- 9 March: First Telegram group (channel to keep subscribers updated on COVID-19)
- 12 March: 5000 makers organize in communities, provinces, cities, and districts.
- 18 March: The first large set of visors produced
- 25 March: Over 15,000 people subscribe to the Telegram groups.
- 29 March: Delivered more than 350,000 visors nationwide
Increasing production and velocity
ASSIA is proud to support this incredible movement to save lives and promote safety and continuity. We have donated both plastic materials and 3D printers for the effort.
Schiller projects that with Assia’s plastic donation, makers will be able to produce 6000 more anti-splash screens and manufacture them in almost half the time. Once the pandemic is over, the group plans to donate the 3D printers to schools, youth centers, fab labs, and other makers who need them.
“I want to emphasize that this is a completely altruistic initiative,” stated Schiller. “None of us charges anything. We just want to help where we can.”