Thank you for your interest in coming together to help those in need of personal protection equipment (PPE) in the Austin area.
Please see below for two ways to get involved.
Mr. Patrick, Innovation Director
Magellan School's i.lab for Design + Making
Magellan families can have the most immediate impact by doing one or more of the following through the Austin Mask Exchange website:
Those registering to make masks gain access to the Austin Mask Exchange spreadsheet which is the master list of everyone who has requested one or more hand sewn masks.
Each entry includes people from all walks of life, their needs, and other relevant information.
Here’s just one of the many requests we can help meet:
“Hello there! I am a Registered Nurse working at a central Austin hospital. I take care of adult patients and sometimes COVID19 patients when they are admitted to the hospital. I am a UT grad and I have lived in Austin for 5 years! I love this city and I am so glad I live in a great community with wonderful, diverse and artistic people. I live with my boyfriend who is also a UT grad.
I spent most of my days at home or at work. I go out once a week to get groceries during this stay at home time, so if possible I would like to ask for two masks to alternate while going out.”
Families would simply pick from this list and “adopt” a request to fulfill. This can be done multiple times by each family and could be an excellent option for the 8th grader service project, too.
This is smaller in scope but equally valuable: laser cutting and/or 3D printing other PPE items, like face shields and ear savers.
Here is Magellan's listing on the Austin Mask Exchange for reference.
Magellan families can support this effort by:
As of today, Mr. Patrick has made and donated about 20 sets of NIH approved face shields and about 1000 ear savers for Austin area clinics/hospitals. Donating additional materials and funds would help him continue making these essential items.
Thin, clear plastic sheets like these are for the face cover.
Adjustable elastic bands like this help to keep the face shield secure around the wearer's head.
Foam strips like these are adhered to the inside of the face shield frame to make it more compfortable.
Each face shield frame is 3D printed on an Ultimaker 3 (from the i.lab!) with this Ultimaker material.
If you prefer to support this effort by donating funds, simply click the button below. Donations will go to co.lab // Community Makers, a 501(c)(3) maker stutio co-founded by Mr. Patrick.
These funds will be used to purchase the materials listed above and distribute PPE to frontline workers in need. Thank you!