Suchin encourages anyone with a 3D Printer to join the efforts in crowdsourcing parts for the various projects on the platform. “Nowadays, 3D printers are becoming very accessible and, with some fine-tuning and care, can be purchased for as low as $200. For projects relating specifically to COVID-19 (Project Shield and Project Breath), we ask volunteers to contact us if they can fabricate a large supply of devices. Hope3D will work with them to get their parts to a location in need during these troubled times.”
So far, Hope3D has been able to deliver face shields to Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland Medical Center, a Health Center in Puerto Rico, an ICU in North Carolina, and a hospital in Virginia. In addition, they are working with the Puerto Rican government and health center to produce emergency respirators and face shields.
“We cannot wait to send out hundreds of parts for Project Shield and Project Breath [out into the world],” says Suchin.