MakerCause sets out to offer a way to produce 3D printed respirator masks, face shields and nasopharyngeal swabs to support healthcare workers, first responders and those with suppressed immune systems amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside the launch of MakerCause is the formation of a partnership between USD and MaketheMasks, an initiative by inventors of the Montana Mask, a 3D printed respirator mask used across the U.S.
“After receiving an outpouring of offers from makers to help print respirator masks during this time of great need, we realized that this was a perfect opportunity to formalize this energy into its own initiative where efforts can be centralized and coordinated,” USD CEO Matt O’Brien said in a news release. “With MakerCause, our partnership with MaketheMasks and the generous volunteer support of Team Rubicon USA, it is my hope that our collective efforts will help keep more Americans safe from coronavirus while laying the groundwork for an organization that will be able to spring into action to collaborate on future initiatives and causes.
“I’m thrilled to have partnered with the team at MaketheMasks and look forward to our joint collaborations on 3D-printed personal protective equipment.”