How does one Community 3D Print 600,000 Face Shields?

We’ve all seen in the news about shortages of PPE and there are incredible people all around the world who are trying to help. 

In a matter of weeks a community of over 7000 volunteers sprung up out of nowhere and are meeting requests for over 600,000 for face shields! This community is called 3D crowd and they are volunteers who all have access to 3D printers.

Having sprung up in only a matter of weeks, managing a community this size is no easy task, in fact, it needs to be run like a proper company with processes and procedures. To know more I spoke to Gen Ashley who is a volunteer and part of leadership team.

Gen is one of thousands of volunteers that form 3D crowd, who are all dedicating their time to making and distributing face shields to people in need. The volunteers range from teachers, engineers and students and businesses or even the elderly, and the one thing they all have in common is their desire to help others and each other

Join us to learn:

• How face shields are made for front line workers

• The one challenge faced by all 3D printers helping during this time

• How a community of over 7000 volunteers is run

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, we would love to hear from you.

Are you an engineer or do you know of any engineers who are helping? What’s your story?

Leave a comment below and us know.

Thank you so much for watching and sharing. This is a time when we can shine a light on the incredible engineers around the world. 

If you’ve been feeling the pressure during the lockdown know that no matter what, right now you can feel proud of yourself. Whether you’re working from home, a key worker or on furlough, life is tough and can knock your confidence. This is a time when the engineering community can come together and support each other.

Big love,


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