Stack of Frames [for Face Shields]
Maker and role
ShieldsUp, Commissioned by
Prusa Research, Designer
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Stack of 3D printed frames. The bottom three frames are red, the top five are dark green and all of the frames are connected. Semi-circular shaped, the frames each have four small knobs along the top edge and a knob at each end. "ShieldsUp.NZ" is printed along the top edge of each frame.
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 Shield Stacks were developed in New Zealand to increase printing efficiency. Multiple shields could be printed at one time and then 'shucked' or 'popped' apart. The innovators involved in ShieldsUp modified the Prusa design a number of times, working on the theory of constant improvements.