This week in objects

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Current Status

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Illinois PPE Network Updates

A few articles were published this week referencing our work:

Forbes by Pete Wilkins – Chicago Is Uniting For The Greater Good

Chicago Tribune by Nina Metz – Chicago company Hero Solutions makes like its name in being part of local efforts to make face shields for medical workers

We’ve spent about 90% of the funding we’ve received already to fabricate, by mid-May, over 100,000 face shields. We’re making a big push into fabricating face masks across the state now, and can use your help.

Here’s an update from the group I’m helping run down in Mokena, IL:

“I live in a tiny suburb called Mokena, and in addition to helping lead the Illinois PPE Network, have been running our own south suburban group for the network. Last week, my wife Sarah Margalus and I hatched a plan to get sewing materials and equipment into the hands of Mokena Junior High students to make face masks and headbands for healthcare workers, first responders, and their friends, family, and neighbors.

Yesterday, phase one of that began. We have 15 sewing machines and implements that we are handing out to people in the area, and a LOT of fabric. All of this paid for by people like you and me.”

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Solin Flat Pack First Shipment

Just received these pictures from JC Marovich, owner at Triangle Die and Supplies, of the first shipment of the Jeff Solin Flat Pack. They ship to organizations in need this week!

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Making Face Masks – Tools and Resources

As the Illinois PPE Network begins the shift to making face masks, keep your eyes on this page. It’ll be receiving some major updates in the next couple days that’ll direct you toward tools and resources we’ll provide to get sewers up and running.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Illinois PPE Network BIG Update

We bought $65,000 of PET-G for the Solin Flat Pack face shield model today — this will be stamped out using the die pictured, made by Triangle Die and Supplies. Also, I got a pallet of 3D printers and filament donated by Newark delivered to my driveway. We bought 30 sewing machines and accompanying tools, and thousands of dollars of fabric and elastic. Finally, I can now officially announce that the Illinois PPE Network is partnered with Dremel, which has dedicated almost 150 3D printers and 13 laser cutters to create thousands of shields, and have been on the case for the past handful of weeks that we’ve been operating.

We’ve made over 30,000 shields (very conservative estimate). We’re making another ~70,000. We’re shifting onto face masks. All because of the donations from kind people around the state of Illinois — people just like you and me — to And all so we can keep the people healthy who’re doing the harder work out there.

That’s my update for the week.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Illinois PPE Article on MAKE

Dale Dougherty at MAKE wrote a nice 5 part series on our work with Illinois PPE. You can read it here.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Making Masks

Sarah Margalus (my wife) has a great series of videos on using a simple pleating jig and bias tape jig to make face masks at home. Check them out.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

Chicago Council on Science and Technology

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Chicago Council on Science and Technology on our Illinois PPE efforts. If you want a digestible explanation of what we’re doing, it’s in here. Thanks to C2ST for the boost on our efforts to help docs and healthcare workers throughout the state.

Live video can be found here.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus