If you represent a clinic or other organization and have a need for personal protective masks, face shields, or gowns, you can request them here.
Protective Masks: To make protective face masks to donate for the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, you can use this pattern. Watch the How-To-Tutorial on YouTube here
The most important features are to use pre-washed (no fabric softener) tightly woven cotton material, two layers and a pocket to insert a replaceable HEPA filter. The replaceable filter is key because cotton alone is far less effective at filtering.
In addition, not shown in the video: Bias tape or ribbon ties instead of elastic are perfectly good, ties should be 8 – 12 inches long. Also, using a bendable wire along the top seam allows a better fit to the bridge of the nose.
Face Shields: In addition, some hospitals and health care workers are asking for face shields. Many locals with 3D printers have already begun printing the following face shield pieces which can be found here: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc2.
Bellingham Makerspace has partnered with LithTex to cut the polycarbonate clear sheets, and Windermere real estate assembling them with ultimate delivery to healthcare workers, nurses and first responders all throughout Whatcom county
Protective Gowns: We have designed a protective isolation gown pattern that can be made from widely available Tyvek material, used both in hazmat suits and in construction of buildings. We are currently making gowns at our facility, which has ample space for large layouts and cutting around templates.
The design and instructions for making Tyvek Gowns with our patterns can be downloaded here
To volunteer for COVID-19 specific response tasks, fill out the COVID Volunteer Form
Fill out this form to apply as a volunteer for normal operations. Volunteer orientations are temporarily suspended for large groups, but we will reach out to people individually as needed and when the crisis has abated.
Teaching a class:
Fill out this form to become a Makerspace Instructor. Need help prepping your material or have questions? Come meet with us and we’ll be happy to get you started!
Code of Conduct/Anti-Harassment Policy (pdf):
Bellingham Makerspace serves the Makers and creative population of the greater Whatcom area and beyond. We do not discriminate on any basis, including but not limited to age, class, race, culture, socioeconomic status, gender and sexual orientation/presentation, and level of knowledge. For our full policy, click here.