The internet is now full of designs, toolkits, concepts and communities of people who are eager to help create improvised devices to protect medical workers.   The solutions are many but the medical science is often hard to find.  We serve to guide and encourage the maker community towards validated solutions which can make a difference in their local communities.  

The University of Texas at Austin's Dell Medical School has assembled a panel of Physicians, Professors, Engineers, Designers, Makers and Supply Chain / Manufacturing Professionals to review designs, materials and production practices for improvised protective equipment and offer guidance, resources, testing and clinical validation.   The panel will fabricate and review open source devices that are circulating online and is also accepting direct submissions.


IMPORTANT:  Projects listed here are subject to frequent independent revision by their authors.  We are hosting each project's documentation as it existed at the time of our panel review.  We provide direct links to each project's website when available but caution our users that any subsequent project updates have not been reviewed by our panel.

PROJECT: Delve / University of Wisconsin - Face Shield


PRODUCTION NOTES:   This is the model we are producing at scale here in Austin.  It is cost effective, easy to assemble and closely replicates the conventionally supplied devices already in use in our facilities.

CLINICAL NOTES: The plastic can be wiped down but the foam cushion and elastic band are difficult to sanitize. 

PROJECT:  Trailside Design - ATX Headband  (Remix of 3DVERKSTAN design)


PRODUCTION NOTES:  This is a 3D printed design that is optimized for fast print times.  We are endorsing this model for community sourced production in Austin.   If you are able to produce this component at home, please register here:  LINK

CLINICAL NOTES: This headband fits most head shapes comfortably when using light weight plastic shield materials (0.010" or thinner).  With heavier materials the device may require an elastic band on the back to feel secure.