We URGENTLY need more Printer Volunteers!
It's no secret that there is a global shortage of protective equipment. You can help, WE NEED YOU!Register Here
Quick Start Guide
If you already know about this site and just want to get started, here's what you need to do:
- Register on this site.
- Browse the Product Catalogue for information regarding .STL files to print.
- Browse your Local Requests to find Organisations Requesting donations.*
- Agree to print all or part of their Requests by starting a Work Order and then, get printing! THAT'S IT!
* Most of the Requests will ask you to send the items through the post. If you don't want to do that, just select Requests which are Collection Only.
I want to help, what do I need to do?
Easy, if you want to be a Printer, get Registered and start printing now! The demand for Face Masks far exceeds the supply available by several hundred percent, even with Armies of volunteers like ours.
If you would like to volunteer as a Driver, Register now as a Driver and hold tight as we're developing that part of the system over the next week or so. Soon you'll be able to help as well.
How much does it all cost?
Depending on how much you pay for materials, typically each mask costs around $0.30 to $0.50 USD. Most of the Requests will come from Organisations who are asking for donated Masks and equipment to be sent through the mail. They will negotiate with you directly to reimburse you for your reasonable postage costs in most cases but you must not charge for the Face Masks themselves. That is against our rules and Terms and Conditions as each mask is a donation from you to them. If you choose to deliver the masks you produce yourself, then you will need to pay for your own transportation as well.
Why do we have to pay for everything?
Because we are volunteers and it's the least we can do to help our Healthcare Heroes working face to face with this horrible Virus. Anything we can do to make their working environment safer and easier, we'll happily do. We're an Army of volunteers sat a home watching the news and wondering if there's anything we can do to help. Well, this is it! Start printing, start sending and start SAVING LIVES!
How does this all work?
This site connects local Healthcare Professionals and establishments with local volunteers in their own community. The basic principal is that the Healthcare Organisation opens a Request for a donation of printed face masks or parts. Then a local (or national if they offer to pay postage) Printer will see their request and will commit to printing either some or all of their needed equipment. Each Party can see who is printing towards Requests and the status of everybody's activities to help everyone in real time. Once the recipient has received all of their Requested items, they mark the Request as complete so everyone can see that their donations have arrived safely and are being put to good use.
The software is really easy to use. It's just like placing an order for something and being able to track it through it's manufacturing process. There's a small screenshot of one of the pages inside the system included in this page to show you what it looks like.
Who are we and what's all this about?
We are a worldwide Army of volunteer Techies, 3D Printers and Drivers who want to help our local Healthcare Heroes by printing and donating face masks and other items to help mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infection for the people who work at the front line.
The basic idea is for you to use this site as a dating agency between your organisation, in need of supplies and volunteers out therein your local community who have a willingness to help.
The basic idea is for you to use this site as a dating agency between your organisation, the people in need of supplies and volunteers out there in your local community who have a willingness to help.