Dental Frame [Face Shield]

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ShieldsUp, Commissioned by
ShieldsUp, Designer
Prusa Research, Designer
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Dental Frame for face shield by ShieldsUp.

Yellow, 3D printed face shield frame made specifically for use with dental face shields. The frame is formed with two semi-circular pieces which are held parallel with two curved pieces on each side. These adjoining pieces curve inwards and create a boomerang-shaped loop on either side of the frame. Along the top semi-circular piece are four small knobs which are used to connect to the face shield. On the ends of the bottom piece is a small cut-out, and a small knob protrudes from the right end.
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 ( 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 Dental shield was adapted by local ShieldsUp contributer Jason Barnett. It is based on the Standard shield with modifications to the frame to allow a dental loop to be used beneath it. The innovators involved in ShieldsUp modified the Prusa design a number of times, working on the theory of constant improvements.
Credit Line
ShieldsUp et al. 2020. Dental Frame [Face Shield], 2020.14.5. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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