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Making During COVID-19 [archived]

This is an archived guide for early pandemic projects at HSU and the community.

Why Making Is Important Now

Whether you are interested in making projects that are directly related to COVID-19 response preparation or if you are just looking for something new to learn and occupy your time, there are a lot of projects, learning resources, and groups that you can find online and create at home.

Many people are sewing their own cloth face masks for wearing when going out in public. Some groups are also sewing masks for healthcare workers. Most of these projects involve access to a sewing machine, but they can be sewn by hand or made without sewing. Many of these projects are very easy to get started with.

Staff and Faculty at HSU are working with community groups and local hospitals to create 3D printed and laser cut face shields. If you have a 3D printer or laser cutter and are interested in working with us, email us at makerspace@humboldt.edu.

Whether you're looking for projects to help contribute to emergency preparedness or if you're simply looking to learn something new while you shelter in place, we've compiled a list of projects that you can get involved with. If you know of a project that you'd like to add to our list, let us know by emailing makerspace@humboldt.edu.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

There are many projects that people are proposing and it is important to keep in mind that many will not be viable. Some projects may be too prohibitively difficult to print or may use materials that aren't widely available. Others may not be suitable for use by medical professionals. Please keep this in mind before you invest too much time in a particular project.

Another major consideration is that as COVID-19 spreads and develops, so too will these projects. Keep up-to-date with the project and any organizers.

We strongly recommend that you contact other organizations, your local hospitals or health care workers to verify which projects will be most suitable to work on.

The information in this guide is subject to change accordingly.