Fablab project tracking

Coronavirus tracking project for fab lab network development and deployment


Neil’s Message to the #FabLabNetwork

There has been an immense effort across the Network to support communities in need during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Neil Gershenfeld has some cautionary tips and recommendations on how to help. Please watch this video!

Message to the Network

Dear Fab Lab Network,

Over the past few weeks, we have been so heartened to see your strength, innovation and willingness to act and collaborate in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this global community of such passionate and dynamic change makers.

At the Fab Foundation and at CBA, staff and researchers are working to develop devices as well as identify and solidify protocols and best practices around assisting health care professionals, patients in crisis, as well as supporting the rest of us under threat of infection at this time. We want everyone to be well-informed and using professional best practices in digital fabrication as we respond to this crisis. This is a unique opportunity to help our communities in important ways, and to demonstrate the potential for digital fabrication, how it brings social impact, and how it supports humanitarian efforts.

We are listening to, and CBA is working with, experts and specialists at the FDA and the CDC on several fronts, such as sharing standards regarding materials and manufacturing processes, protocols for rapid device approvals, interfacing with hospitals and healthcare providers, to be shared with the network so that we are all aligned and can move forward with this work in safe and effective ways. We will share this information with the network as soon as it becomes available in our central repository.

In the meantime we are excited and grateful to see you innovate and share your designs and processes. This is an opportunity to really work collaboratively across countries to create and manufacture the most efficient and effective prototypes. We are most powerful when we work together.

A few things for everyone to keep in mind as we move forward:

  • Health and safety is the most important issue of all, for first responders and health practitioners, for patients, for civil servants and for fabbers and makers.
  • Coordinate projects so that we are most effective and can leverage network effects.
  • Work with your own community first to help meet its needs.
  • Bring in all the professional expertise that you can to help with design, materials selection, testing, certification or validation, and logistics (e.g. physicians, nurses, emergency staff, engineers, certification agencies, digital fabrication gurus, etc.).
  • Prototype solutions, and then tap into the network to align, develop and scale.
  • Last but not least, take to heart the oath practiced by the medical field, the Hippocratic Oath: First, do no harm! In the rush to help, be sure that what you make is safe for those in need.

Stay safe and healthy, take care of yourselves and your families. Try to enjoy some time at home and celebrate every day that we are alive and well and on this planet together.

Looking forward to seeing you online or in-person soon.

Lass President & CEO - Fab Foundation


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  1. Průša, J. (2020, March 18). From Design to Mass 3D printing of Medical Shields in Three Days. Prusaprinters Blog. https://blog.prusaprinters.org/from-design-to-mass-3d-printing-of-medical-shields-in-three-days


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  4. Radonovich LJ, Simberkoff MS, Bessesen MT, et al. N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2019;322(9):824–833. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.11645

  5. van Doremalen N, Bushmaker T, Morris DH, Holbrook MG, Gamble A, Williamson BN, et al. Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1. New England Journal of Medicine. 2020 Mar 17;0(0):null.

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