We are supporting Local Community of Makers fighting against Covid-19 March 26 2020
Everyone feels the lack of protective wear in the Czech Republic due to Coronavirus, and all of us are dealing with it; however, we can.
The fact that the Czech Republic is a 3Dprinting superpower has been proven again in the past few days when the Facebook community "3D tiskem proti Covid-19" (3D printing against Covid-19) was started. This community of mostly volunteered makers who transformed their hobby to benefit others has become an essential part of the fight against the spreading of the virus.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to help by providing free material. Fillamentum donated an incredible 1⁄4 ton of filaments", says Josef Doleček, founder and CEO of the company. The response was immediate.
Some spools have been sent to Slovakia as well. For example, Mr. Martin Bohusik used this filament to print components for protective face shields: "I have also printed some respirators. We are still working on the proper surface, and once it is ready, we will donate these protective shields to pomoznemocnici.sk. The printer prints every day, and I am sure it will help many people."
3D printed components for protective shields by Martin Bohušík
Also, we would like to mention support by Pavel Tajduš, who prints clips that better hold the protective mask. These clips are donated to Czech Red Cross in Frýdek-Místek. There is also a project by Marek Hradil, who prints small gadgets that saves valuable time to all the seamstress and hobbyists that sew the fabric masks for themselves and mainly others. We would also like to mention company Protoprint, which prints protective masks using our filaments for prison guards and police officers who watch the national borders daily. Protective shields are also produced by Triaxyz3D (@triaxyz3d) from Pardubice or by another member of the Facebook community, Lukáš Opletal (@lukaopin).
The bias tape maker is the basic gadget for sewing protective face masks, photo by Marek Hradil (left). Pavel Tajduš helped to print clips on masks for the Czech Red Cross in Frýdek-Místek. (right)
Company Protoprint has printed protective masks from Flexfill TPU 98A. Border guards and prison service use the masks.
And we cannot forget about volunteering of students and university officers. Palacky University in Olomouc donates 3D printed protective shields and Thomas Bata University in Zlin, led mainly by Oldřich Vojta, and Dominik Stárek prints protective respirators.
Department of Geoinformatics in cooperation with UPrint 3D and Science and Technology Park of Palacky University, Olomouc joined the production of protective face shields led by Martin Šavel and Radoslav Šmakal from 3D dobrovolníci Olomouc.
Oldrich Vojta (student of the Design of Footwear Design, FMK) and Dominik Stárek (student of Intelligent Systems with Robots, FAI) at Tomas Bata University in Zlín with their 3D printed protective masks