Showing the power of collaboration, a number of well-known architects have come together to help produce protective visors for hospital workers on the frontline of coronavirus (COVID-19).
What began as an initiative by Cornell University, led by Jenny Sabin, has now reached architecture studios across the US in a matter of days. The likes of BIG and KPF are now utilizing their firm’s 3D printers to mass-produce face shields and combat the shortage faced by medical staff.
The open-source template, which most of the contributing architects have based their visors on, comes from swedish 3D printing company, 3Dverkstan. Printable in under 20 minutes, the shields are composed of just two elements: the 3D printed frame and a sheet of semi-rigid plastic that can be easily fixed on. The free-to-use files and instructions can all be found here.
BIG (bjarke ingels group) is just one of the studios that have got on board with the project, and after slighting tweaking the design, they have been able to produce the face shields at an even quicker rate. ‘Mask making – BIGs 3D print farm switched to printing face shields for the corona front lines in Mount Sinai and Cornell hospitals. It is a mildly modified template of Erik Cederberg of 3Dverkstan’ – Bjarke Ingels.
‘Thank you to our KPF makerspace team members, who have joined the efforts of @cornellAAP to produce 3D-printed visors for healthcare providers at Cornell Weill Medical Center. The team has put together a plan that will allow KPF’s ultimaker machines to mass print a minimum of 400 visor frames per day, which will hold plastic shields to protect the courageous doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals on our front lines’ – Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF).