For the past three months, our NextFab Product Development team, with a special exemption from the Pennsylvania governor has worked from NextFab pivoted normal operations to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare organizations. To date they have accomplished:
+ In partnership with nonprofit Open Medical to produce a new origami face mask design that requires no sewing.
+ Created and donated 10,000 masks to local hospitals
+ Working with AA Plasma to create Rapid Disinfection system to sanitize PPE
Download Origami Mask Guidelines and Templates
COVID-19 and NextFab
On March 17th, all NextFab locations closed for business in compliance with Philadelphia’s sanction for all non-essential businesses. Along with other local manufacturers, makers, hospitals, universities and small businesses, NextFab assisted in constructing much needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE). Utilizing our makerspace’s equipment and staff we helped produce masks, face shields and assisted companies in producing essential parts for their medical equipmnet.
While the NextFab Makerspace is closed, we wanted to provide all our makers ways to enjoy making at home. Take a tour of our staff maker spaces as we take our own take on the classic MTV show, with NextFab Cribs. Or tune into our NextFab webinars series, as we interview those involved with providing solutions to the PPE shortage during COVID-19 crisis. Finally, follow along in our Mane Alongs as NextFab staff demonstrate how to make projects at home, with a few materials and some power tools.
From Making to Selling: A NextFab Made Online Series for the Makers and Artisans of Philadelphia.
Stay tuned for our next installment of webinars, coming soon.
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