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Producing Face Shields

With the largest complement of digital fabrication equipment on campus, the School of Architecture together with researchers and clinicians at the Yale School of Medicine as part of CHIME, the Coalition for Health Innovation in Medical Emergencies has fabricated simple face shields needed in efforts against COVID-19. After several prototyping efforts, the team produced a few thousand face shields with laser cutters, extra mylar, foam, and elastic bands to meet local needs at shelters, soup kitchens, fire departments, local pediatric practices, and elsewhere. Their final prototype, which is autoclavable and can be disinfected with alcohol, can be worn comfortably over glasses and face masks. The shield design has since been picked up by several local and national companies to manufacture larger quantities for hospital settings.