Face Shield ["Kiwi" Shield]

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ShieldsUp, Commissioned by
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"Kiwi" Shield by ShieldsUp.

Transparent, laser cut plastic face shield. Designed in length to shield a face, the plastic is folded at the top to cover the front half of the cranium. This folded piece is designed with cut-outs and triangular tabs to be held in the folded position. A plastic band has been inserted into the shield with cut outs and triangular tabs, in which the band is woven through the shield and held in place. The band length can be adjusted due to grooves on one end and inserts on the other end. A transparent, plastic protective layer covers the adjustable band.
Brief History
Face shields were manufactured throughout New Zealand in 2020 in response to the Level 4 lockdown from 26 March to 28 April 2020, a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Most shields were made in part on 3D printers using an open-source code developed and supplied by Prusa Research (https://www.prusa3d.com/covid19/). Following on from successful community calls throughout Europe, Tim Carr from MindKits initiated a call to 3-D printers throughout New Zealand which resulted in a positive groundswell of interest and action.
The national call for interest was made on 27 March 2020 and within three days a communication group was coordinated using Slack. By day eight country-wide logistics and distribution networks were established. Using stocks to hand, individuals and maker groups worked to produce shields for use by front line workers.
This design, the "Kiwi" shield, removes the need for 3D printing using a template designed to be laser cut from clear PVC or PET plastic and folded into shape.
Credit Line
ShieldsUp. 2020. Face Shield ["Kiwi" Shield], 2020.14.2. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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