Frequently asked questions

Can I buy the face shields or ear savers you make?


No, we are all volunteers and what we make is for donation to health care providers and other frontline workers.




What costs are involved in producing these items?


Each face shield costs roughly $1 to produce. Costs include filament for the 3D printed parts, sheets of transparent plastic, elastic, plastic bags, and replacement parts for printers. Volunteers donate their time and the use of their printers to the cause.




How are you making the face shields? What are they made of?


Our volunteer printers make the 3D printed visor using either PLA, PETG, or ABS filament. A replaceable transparent plastic sheet made from PET, PVC, or acetate attaches to pegs on the visor. Teams of local families help to prepare and assemble components of the visors.




I requested face shields. How do I assemble them?


Starting from the center and working outwards, push the holes in the transparent sheet over the pegs on the visor. You can attach a rubber band to the back of 3DVerkstan visors for added security. At this time, we only have a step by step assembly guide for 3Dverkstan, available here.




I requested face shields. How do I clean them?


Face shields should not be heat treated. Use soap and water or a variety of cleaning products depending on what material the shield is made from. Here is a chart of cleaning products appropriate for different materials. Each face shield should be worn by a single user only.




I requested face shields. How do I replace the transparency?


Replace the transparent sheet using letter-sized transparency film (laser not ink) or clear binder covers from any office supply store. Thicknesses between 7 mil and 12 mil (0.007-0.012) work well. Use a 3-hole or single hole punch to create the holes according to the instructions and templates. 3DVerkstan Budmen




How can I support your efforts?


We are looking for volunteers in New Jersey to 3D print the components of the shields, assemble them, or transport the supplies or deliver the ready items. In addition, we have a GoFundMe campaign to help us defray the costs of producing the face shields by purchasing the filament necessary to 3D print the plastic components and buying clear sheets and elastic.