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!)

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Matching suppliers with needs

National Programs

If you are a supplier or a hospital in need, register with these sites:

Project N95 – The National COVID-19 medical equipment clearinghouse. Scroll down to add yourself to a list of suppliers
Get Us PPE – Matching database for suppliers and hospitals

Other resources:

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

Local efforts

L.A. Protects – A program to match locally-made non-medical protective gear with workers on the frontlines in Los Angeles

New York City
Colorado Make4Covid

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

Metal 3d printing services – Desktop Metal is providing custom-on-demand printing
Formlabs 3D Printing Network – If you have a 3d printer and want to help

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:

CMTC Headquarters
690 Knox Street, Suite 200
Torrance, CA 90502

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)

Other Resources

While at Home – other resources for the times you stay socially-distanced at home