Help Make PPE for COVID-19

How to make DIY PPE

If you want to put your maker skills to work and produce critically needed PPE for our health care community, here are some resources to help you get started:

3D printed face shields for flight helmets: and

3D printed face shields (standard): 

Cloth face masks (any design): and are good patterns to get started.

Ear Savers (any design): these can be 3D printed, laser cut, sewn fabric, knit or crochet. A few links to get started are,, and

Ways to Donate PPE in Dayton

Dayton Masks for Docs:

Volunteer to 3D print face shields for local health care workers. Our Dayton chapter has been especially focused on designing and producing helmet-mounted face shields for flight nurses. We’re also getting requests daily for ear savers, fabric face masks, surgical gowns and other PPE made by a variety of methods. Email to get involved.

Mask Up Dayton – Dayton Sewing Collaborative:

Dayton Sewing Collaborative has fabric face mask kits available for volunteers who want to sew masks for local health care providers. They are also making and donating fabric face masks to local organizations, and selling face masks for companies and individuals who need them. Email

Dayton Volunteers Design Custom Flight Nurse PPE for COVID-19 Protection

Dayton, Ohio

2 May 2020

by EMF Cory

Volunteers across the country have been making face shields and other DIY personal protective equipment for medical workers using a unique tool, the home 3D-printer.  In Dayton, Ohio, a group called Make It Dayton is no exception.  Since March, the group has produced and delivered over 3,000 3D-printed face shields to local hospitals.  It was through these donations that Ben, a nurse with a local emergency flight crew, reached out to Make It Dayton with a unique challenge.  Due to their flight helmets, the flight nurses were unable to use the typical face shields and other facial PPE that Make It Dayton had been creating, and in fact, they had yet to find any source for shields that were compatible with their flight gear.  

Rising to the challenge, Make It Dayton leveraged the makers on their team to design a new flight-helmet compatible, 3D printed disposable face shield.  Incredibly, Make It Dayton was able to design, prototype and receive approval from Ben to begin producing the face shields within about one week from being contacted.  Two designs have now been created to fit the two most commonly used flight helmet models, with a third design now in progress.  The two finished designs have been shared for free online through the 3D printing website, ( and, so that other makers across the country can help their local flight nurses. Due to the unique demand and lack of supply for flight helmet mounted PPE, Make It Dayton has transitioned their entire effort to fulfilling this critical need.  Collectively, the group is printing about 200 face shields per day, and they have set up a GoFundMe page to help purchase the necessary materials to keep producing the shields as long as they are needed to fight the coronavirus.  

Make It Dayton is a grassroots group whose mission is to support and grow a community of hobbyists, craftsmen, DIY-ers and life-long learners in Dayton, Ohio.  Since 2015, Make It Dayton has hosted the annual Make It Dayton Festival at Carillon Historical Park, bringing 60+ hands-on exhibits covering everything from building model rockets to glass blowing, robotics to candle-making, in a family friendly festival celebrating the Makers among us.  Make It Dayton also hosts smaller maker and STEM meetups throughout the year, and coordinates volunteer efforts, like this one, where makers can contribute to the local community.  For more information follow @MakeItDayton and @MakeItDaytonFest on social media, or visit