Personal Protective Equipment: Re-use, Open source 3D printing designs and more

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Donate and/or Request Supplies

Get Us PPE


Site aiming to get PPE to healthcare providers. Users can request PPE, donate money or PPE, or register as a maker.



Volunteer organization aiming to redirect unused PPE to frontline medical staff

Frontline Map


Gives people on the front lines of COVID-19 a quick and easy way to communicate what personal protective equipment (PPE) they need, when and where they need it

Royal College of Physicians


Royal College of Physicians - contains a form where healthcare workers can report shortages of PPE to the NHS and the government



Request form for face shields made to protect COVID-19 front line workers in the UK. The face shields follow WHO guidelines.

Donation Requests

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston


Site for donating money, equipment, and supplies to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston

Donation Request for KVH, Ellensburg, WA


Web page for donating to a small hospital

Lists/Clearinghouses of Projects for PPE Donation and Requests

Spreadsheet of Donation Projects


Spreadsheet collecting several PPE Donation projects


PPE Coalition


Umbrella project keeping track of and connecting the various initiatives trying to improve the supply of PPE

Donate Your PPE


Volunteer organization connecting healthcare providers with donors in their local communities. Organized by US region

Spreadsheet of Hospitals  


List of hospitals in the USA accepting homemade PPE



🇺🇸 eu ca🔗 

Volunteer-run website helping 'Helpers' easily locate those seeking supplies


Project N95


Project N95 aims to match up hospitals in need of equipment with suppliers who can provide it. It contains a form to request equipment


PPE Exchange


COVID-19 Masks connects hospitals in need of PPE to volunteers. Volunteers can commit to provide masks to hospitals that have expressed a need. Worldwide

⚠️NOTE: This site doesn't seem to be active

NIOSH PPE Tracker App


Helps healthcare facilities estimate how much personal protective equipment (PPE) they will use and track inventory. From occupational health division of US CDC.

How to Organize a Community PPE Drive

How to Organize a Community PPE Drive


Comprehensive guide on how to collect and distribute PPE

Using personal protective equipment (PPE)

Dropbox Link to Guidelines


These guidelines are from the UK National Health Service and focus on PPE use for various healthcare and frontline workers -- the guidelines were issued on April 2nd, 2020

COVID-19: Removal and disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


This video shows how to safely doff (or remove) the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs), specific to COVID-19. This guidance outlines infection control for healthcare providers assessing possible cases of COVID-19.

Brighton Anaesthesia FFP3 Donning & Doffing


Text and video documenting Brighton Anesthesia FFP3 Donning & Doffing

Efficacy of PPE

For specific information about masks see also the handbook page focusing on masks:


What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?


Discusses a study which household materials protect best against bacterial and viral particles. Though some materials protect much better than others, even the least effective materials captured 50% or more virus particles.

Facebook post


In-depth post by a PhD in virology on Coronavirus transmission. Contains references/links

Unmasked: Experts explain necessary respiratory protection for COVID-19


News article from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy. Headings:  differences between masks and respirators, how the virus travels in the air, protection may depend on resources,  keeping health workers from becoming patients.

Facebook post


In-depth post discussing: simple improvised mask procedure, increasing the effectiveness and sterility of improvised cloth masks, salt and surfactant mediated viral deactivation, n95 electrostatic charge preservation, disinfectant and decontamination procedures.

NOTE: Unsure of the qualifications of the person who wrote the post

PPE Re-use and Sterilisation

For specific information about masks see also the handbook page focusing on masks:



Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFR)


Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFR): The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issues guidelines for sterilizing FFRs in the case of shortages of equipment

SARS-CoV-2 Heat Inactivation Information


This document contains guidance on relevant research for emergency re-use of PPE (masks etc.) following heat inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 pathogen)

COVID-19 Evidence Service | Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages [v1.1]


Info sheet by Stanford Medicine Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab. Discusses protocol for when to wear N95s, the best replacements for N95s if they run out, whether N95s remain effective with reuse, whether N95s can be sterilized for reuse.

N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Process for Decontamination and Reuse


Nebraska Medicine sterilization process for N95s: N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Process for Decontamination and Reuse

COVID-19 Evidence Service | Can face masks be safely disinfected and reused


Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media lab factsheet on 'can masks be safely disinfected and reused?' Info sheet by Stanford Medicine Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab. Discusses protocol for when to wear N95s, the best replacements for N95s if they run out, whether N95s remain effective with reuse,whether N95s can be sterilized for reuse.

Makeshift PPE Designs

Collections of Patterns

Precious Plastic Forum: Open Source Projects - Coronavirus


Precious Plastic Forum - collection of data and projects for all sorts of protective gear.

3D printing in support of COVID-19 containment efforts


3D printing designs for face shields, Stopgap Face mask, wrist cover, hands free door opener, personal door opener, mask adjuster, CIIRC RP95-3D, Field respirator.


Links to Patterns


or as PDF

Scroll down for a selection of sewing patterns (Use 100% Cotton, as it is resilient to boil washing, so gowns can be reused)

Face Visors: 3D Printing

Face Shield Pattern


Easy to produce, if properly utilized could be useful to protect eyes and face of low-risk operators. DOES NOT PROTECT against inhalation of chemical and biological agents

Prusa Face Shield

🔗 Prusa Printers 3D Printed Face Shield

They are talking with the Czech government about using this design there and have been through two verifications with the Czech Ministry of Health

Protective Visor by 3DVerkstan

⚠️🔗 Protective visor optimized for fast FDM printing

Optimized for a simple print and for using Overhead Projector film in A4 format, holes easily made by a regular hole puncher. DOES NOT PROTECT against inhalation

PPE straps from Ortho / Resistance Band - cleanable, comfy, available

📺 🔗 Straps for visors and masks, cleanable, comfy, readily available

Visor and mask straps from Orthopaedic Resistance Band, which is cleanable, comfortable and readily available in all hospitals

Hannan Snap Visor


This design for a face shield conforms with relevant essential health and safety regulations under the PPE Regulations and with requirements of BS EN 166:2002 (Personal eye protection)

Face Visors: Other Methods

Response to Covid-19 by the Maker and Industrial Community of Porto


Patterns for face plate shields, masks, and protective goggles in Portuguese and English


🇩🇪🔗 network of makers delivering 3D-printed and injection molded face shields in Germany, Austria and Switzerland



Plasticpreneur (doing circular GmbH, Austria) is a social business that offers ‘Face Shields’ and ‘Face Shields Production Kits’ for local production anywhere in the world

Coronavirus / Flu Reusable Emergency Respiratory Mask



RFace shield using Overhead Projector film with 4 holes (drilled, melted or punched) through which to thread the arms of glasses. Helps condition the wearer against touching their face with their hands

Makers Unite: Digitally Fabricate Face Shields


Face Shield mask for CNC Router that creates 200 masks in the time it takes to 3D print one (approx. 3.5 hrs). All files, instructions, materials included

Droplet Barriers

Modified Aerosol Box for Intubation


Design files for an improvement on the Taiwanese Aerosol Box for adult and pediatric intubation

Droplet Barrier Desk


Design for a droplet barrier desk. An open source project

Improvised COVID-19 Droplet Barrier for Healthcare Providers


Plexiglas droplet barrier to protect healthcare workers.

Project to study and design very simple to make/improvise machinery which could be used to deactivate Coronavirus on used PPE (e.g. in critical healthcare settings to work around equipment shortages)

Groups for Open Source Supply Discussions

Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club


A group of volunteers from the fashion industry producing open-source patterns and PPE to distribute to hospitals in the Philippines

Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies


Facebook group discussing open source COVID-19 medical supplies

Covid-19 Mask Makers Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex...


COVID-19 Mask Makers Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Essex

A small group of folk with printers printing, collecting and distributing the Euro version of the #3DVFaceShield

The UK's PPE maker network


Site connects local PPE makers to those in need of PPE



EU / Germany initiative to connect requests with supply