Tuturial: 3D Printing a Face Shield

The best way to contribute to this monumental task is to make your own face shields and masks and donate them to local hospitals. Check out our page on how to 3D print face shields right here and watch our video tutorials down below.

MATERIALS

1. Foam tape3/4 inches wide by 1/2 inches thick cut to 9.5 long

2. Poly Sheet: 0.005 inches thick cut to 12x9 rectangles

3. Elastic Band: 1/2 inch wide cut to 31 inches long

4. PLA 3D Printer Filament

5. Disinfectant

TOOLS

1. 3D Printer

2. 0.25 inch hole punch

3. Scissors

4. Gloves

5. Face Mask

1. 3D PRINT THE FRAME

Download the face shield frame and strap lock from here and print them through a 3D printing software. We recommend using Cura, which you can download from here.

These are the recommended printing settings:

Layer height: 0.27 mm

Wall Line Count:2

Top Layers: 2

Bottom Layers: 2

Infill Density: 5%

Infill Pattern: Grid

2. THREAD THE BAND

Thread the elastic band through the outside loops of the 3D printed shield frame. Then, thread the elastic up through the third hole in the 3D printed strap lock and down through the fourth. Thread the other end of the elastic of through the second hole and down through the first.

3. TAPE THE FOAM

Attach the foam to the inside of the face shield. This prevents any airborne diseases from traveling in if a doctor is bending down. It is also more comfortable to wear. 

4. ATTACH THE FILM

Print out the hole punch template included in the 3D printing file download. Align the template to the film and hole punch each circle. Attach the film to the four knobs at the front of the face shield.

Congratulations! You have completed your mask. The finished product should look like this:

Tutorial Credits: budmen.com