Alamedans Retool to Fabricate Medical Masks

Alamedans Retool to Fabricate Medical Masks

On April 2, volunteers unloaded 4,500 pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) rolls, a form of polyester (just like the clothing fabric), donated by Coca-Cola and sorted sheets for delivery to a number of local makers spaces producing personal protective equipment for hospital staff around the Bay Area. The material will be made into face shields.

“This is about 2 percent of the total needed” according to Danny Beesley of the College of Alameda FabLab, the head coordinator of the massive East Bay effort. “Kaiser, for example, needs 6 million units.”

From hacker spaces, fabrication shops, clothiers, upholstery shops, maker spaces, private 3D printers, logistics coordinators and project managers, people are contributing their hardware, raw materials and skills out of pocket toward outfitting healthcare workers on the front lines.

In the photo above, Jennifer Serr, owner of The Sewing Room, has changed her focus to manufacture cloth masks to combat the spread of coronavirus.