COVID-19 RESPONSE

Since mid-March, the CU Community Fab Lab’s staff and lab space have been dedicated to the fabrication of PPE for area medical facilities and essential businesses. Collaborating with 28 University of Illinois and community partners, Fab Lab staff are working to fabricate 2,000 face shield frames and 10,000 disposable shields.

Face Shields

Face shields protect the wearer’s face from fluids and reduce the wearer’s likelihood of touching their own face. Easy to manufacture, assemble and sanitize, these new affordable face shields allow for unobstructed head movement and provide full face and forehead coverage for wearers with and without goggles and N95 respirators.

2,000

FACE SHIELD FRAMES

2,000

FACE SHIELD FRAMES

10,000

DISPOSABLE SHIELDS

10,000

DISPOSABLE SHIELDS

28

COLLABORATORS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS

28

COLLABORATORS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Completed Face Shield Frames 65%
Completed Disposable Shields 23%

Learn more about our design and fabrication process.

Check out our PPE Face shield build.

Urbana Teens

Sew PPE as part of University COVID-19 Response

Fabric Masks

Fab Lab and UNCC have partnered for 7 years to offer students access to fabrication technology and educational resources out of UNCC’s building in East Urbana. When students could no longer leave their homes in March, 10 teens from the UNCC community decided to sew PPE masks for community members and businesses in need. Fab Lab outreach team members Emilie Butt, Sara Hoag, and Wayne Hardy led the “prep crew” and “sewing crew” virtually through the fabrication process–measuring and cutting materials, and sewing together the final product. Fab Lab’s IT and Community Programs Coordinator Jared Dunn worked with UNCC to loan laptops to families so students could participate.

DEMONSTRATING RESILIANCE

DEMONSTRATING RESILIANCE

“They’re dealing with their families still working. They’re doing education online. Sometimes caring for siblings. But they come online and have the energy to smile, to talk, and to offer themselves up for projects like this. They’re incredibly resilient young people.”

- Emilie Butt, Instruction and Engagement Coordinator

FOSTERING COMMUNITY

FOSTERING COMMUNITY

"If the UNCC community members weren’t so strongly connected, able to get in contact with each other through their networks and spread the word, I don’t think we would have nearly as many teens consistently appearing for programming."

- Sara Hoag, Instructor and Community Engagement Team Member

CREATING THE FUTURE

CREATING THE FUTURE

After they complete the PPE mask-making project, the teens are looking forward to more creative fun.

“We will get through this if we learn how to truly work together. "

- Sara Hoag, Instructor and Community Engagement Team Member