Face Shield [Clear]

Maker and role
ShieldsUp, Commissioned by
Prusa Research, Designer
Production date
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Object detail

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Clear Face Shield by ShieldsUp.

A transparent piece of plastic, laser cut into the shape of a full length face shield. The plastic has been folded down from the top and attached to the main piece with black cable ties, one on each side of the shield. A curved, plastic band has also been attached to the top of the shield with black cable ties, one on each side. The band has groves along the top and bottom of both ends as well as a circular cut-out, in which a tan coloured elastic hair tie is woven through and used to hold the band at the desired fit.
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. The shields were made on 3-D 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.
The Clear shield is a pared-back example of the Prusa shield design which uses a laser cut shield affixed with cable ties and hairties or surgical gloves as straps.
Credit Line
ShieldsUp et al. 2020. Face Shield [Clear], 2020.14.3. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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