Face Shield

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ShieldsUp, Commissioned by
Prusa Research, Designer
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Flat Face Shield by ShieldsUp, to be attached to a frame.

Unused shield made from a transparent, laser cut plastic. The shield is square in shape with curved edges. Four holes line the top of the shield. A white piece of protective plastic layering covers the front, which has green German text and "Peel" with a heart hand-drawn in black felt pen. The reverse of the shield has a transparent protective plastic layer, also with "Peel" and a heart hand-drawn in black felt pen.
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.
Peel / [heart] Hand-written
[German text] Printed
Credit Line
ShieldsUp et al. 2020. Face Shield, 2020.14.8. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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