Are you a manufacturer that makes critical supplies like personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, hand sanitizer, and tests? Are you a maker that wants to pitch in? Do you have a factory with excess capacity and want to learn how to shift or scale your production to meet the urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic?
See below for a list of resources. (Check back often for updates; the landscape is evolving fast!)
Matching suppliers with needs
If you are a supplier or a hospital in need, register with these sites:
Helena – A local non-profit purchasing supplies to get them out of the hands of profiteers and reselling at cost. They have supplies and are looking for hospital procurement departments to partner with.
PPE Coalition – A hotline and evolving list of more resources
L.A. Protects – A program to match locally-made non-medical protective gear with workers on the frontlines in Los Angeles
Resources for new suppliers and makers
CIMIT design review site – Make sure your efforts help not hurt! Submit your ideas for “non-traditional medical supplies and equipment” here, to the Consortia for Improving Medicine through Innovation and Technology to get feedback and share your designs.
Open Source COVID-19 guidelines – Background, needs, and designs
Open Source Facebook group – Ideas, best practices, connections with makers
COVID-19 Critical Care Protocols – Better understand the situation in hospitals
GetUsPPE Guide for makers – Ensure your projects are made safely and will be used
MAKE Magazine guide for COVID-19 response – Links to open source designs and projects
A note about 3d printing and non-traditional medical equipment
The landscape of using of 3d printed products for medical use is rapidly evolving, but safety and liability is still unknown. For example, the stratification of printing layers might be the perfect size to trap coronavirus, and some printing materials are porous and hard to disinfect. Before making anything, especially 3d printed parts, make sure you do your research, have good guidance on issues like safety and liability, and know that your product will get used before making it (see links above).
Manufacturing Extension Partnership guidance
Are you a manufacturer eager to shift and scale your operations to support the COVID effort? We need you! But you must consider many issues like medical approval, liability, safety, and capital.
The National Institutes of of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a program that can help called “Manufacturing Extension Partnership.” It provides free and subsidized consulting for manufacturing businesses. More information here.
Each state has its own federally funded non-profit that delivers programming and support. In California, visit contact California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) or visit their website for help:
Economic Development Assistance
Disaster Assistance Loans – Small Business Administration (SBA)
Small Business Resource Center for COVID-19 – resources, loans, and philanthropic efforts for small businesses compiled by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
While at Home – other resources for the times you stay socially-distanced at home