A friend challenged me to make a disposable face shield frame that could be made quickly and cheaply. Rather than 3D print one, I opted for a card-stock frame.
It can be printed on any laser or inkjet printer and assembled with scissors and two-way tape.
I'm curious if it could be printed on foldable plastic stock, so it could be sanitizable. The shield is pretty strong with heavy card stock, but you probably could strengthen it even more by doubling up on the paper.
If anyone wants to print these in bulk, you could easily convert it to print on cutting machines such as the Cricut Explore Air 2. Please get in touch with me to discuss.
If you make this, I'd love for you to send me pictures to include here. (I used a vellum shield in my example because I didn't have any clear plastic material on hand. Unless you like running into walls, don't use vellum, lol.)
- One printed sheet per face shield.
- Sturdy-yet-bendable clear plastic sheet, approximately 17x11. Can be acrylic or other material.
Refer to pictures for guidance.
- Print full size (DO NOT scale to fit) on heavy card stock or your choice of 8.5x 11 material.
- Score along dotted lines.
- Cut along solid lines.
- Fold along dotted lines.
- Match letter to letter and attach using two-way tape, Elmer's glue, hot-melt glue, or staples. If using staples, remember the inside of this will touch foreheads, so staple from the inside out and place masking tape over the staple.
- If you're using string for your strap, use a hole-punch or Exacto knife to cut out the end holes. (The round ones. NOT the diamonds.)
- For the strap that goes around the head, you can use string or use staples or hot-melt glue to attach elastic strap. For my example, I threaded string through the hole and tied a knot that was bigger than the hole.
- See those diamonds on the printout? Those will help line up the headband with the clear shield. Grab the scrap of paper with the instructions, and cut out the triangles to make a template. (Refer to picture.) Now get the clear plastic sheet and a magic marker. Place a dot in the middle of the sheet about an inch from the top. Put the template triangle that says Center Diamond on this dot and mark the other two holes. Now flip the template and do the same for the other side.
- To line up the headband with the clear shield, match the dots you just made with the triangles. You can attach with two-way tape, hot-melt-glue, staples, or other method.
Voila! You now have a disposable face shield!
This is NOT a welder's mask. Please do not use for welding or any activity where fast or hot particles are flying toward your face. As to the medical usefulness, I am not a scientist. If you're a hospital worker, my best advice is print one out and experiment. I'd be grateful for any tips on how to improve it.