PREPARING FOR PRODUCTION
THE ROAD TO 5,000
With only 3 total 3D printers shared between members of the team and a few packs of transparent plastic film, we did not have the production power to produce enough face shields fast enough to make a difference.
To increase our budget, we set up a GoFundMe page, which allowed us to raise $8,000 and spread our initiative, and another $2,000 from direct donations. We increased our total number of 3D printers to 12, through a partnership with MCreate, 2 local middle schools, members in our community, and directly buying printers with our budget.
We set a goal of 5,000 face shields and calculated the amount of material we needed. We directly bought filament for the 3D printers, which was discounted for us by Overture. We also directly bought plastic sheets and elastic bands for the face shields from Office Depot and EBay respectively.
BY THE SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY, WE BOUGHT:
1.4 MILES OF ELASTIC BANDS
12x 3D PRINTERS
11,320x SHEETS OF PLASTIC
300 lbs OF FILAMENT