Dying Power Structures

Old power structures are dying. They are trying to hold on, glom on, keep on in any way possible, but they are irrelevant. Look at the “leaders” who existed only a handful of months ago. Look at the leaders now. Two different groups.

Thing is they were never leaders. Just brokers. People practicing in power arbitrage. Real stress exposed this.

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Making Masks at Spacelab

We’re ramping up production for the Illinois PPE Network‘s south suburban node. Yesterday, I visited Spacelab to drop off 11 sewing machines, six 3D printers, and a bunch of additional materials and tools. Now recruiting local folks who can sew and help fabricate to join us. Everything will be set up for safe social distancing, and we will be following every precaution to ensure that we keep ourselves, and our communities, healthy and safe.

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Dremel Partnership at DePaul

Thanks to Bosch USA for partnering up with us, and to Robert Wildeman for working with me to forge this relationship between Bosch and DePaul University. To date, and with Bosch’s help, the Illinois PPE Network (originally started at DePaul) has produced over 100,000 face shields and counting, and now we’re making masks! This is all to keep the people doing the harder work healthy and safe.

“Bosch Power Tools North America (PTNA) has volunteered to produce protective face shields with 3D printers for healthcare workers to reduce the number of new coronavirus infections. With support from a cross-functional team, 150 Dremel DigiLab 3D printers, three Dremel laser cutters, and a CNC machine were accumulated into the merchandising room and model shop. Headed-up by Dremel VP of Engineering, Mike Beruscha, and partnered with DePaul University in Chicago, the team of advanced engineers from Mount Prospect, Illinois, has reacted to the call for face shields, in short supply in hospitals. While PTNA associates are handling the manufacturing of the face shields, the DePaul staff is managing their distribution. The PTNA team now produces nearly 1,000 shields a day and has completed over 17,000 face shields that were distributed to more than 36 hospitals and long term care centers in the Chicago area.”

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Interview over at Tastytrade

I did an interview covering our work at Illinois PPE and what we view as next steps for Tastytrade’s Bootstrapping in America. Video of it is over here:

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Getting stuff to people who sew

If you can sew and are in the southwest suburbs, fill out our form over at Illinois PPE. I’m currently handing out tools and materials to anyone in the area who can help us get face masks into the hands of people who need them. We currently have requests for thousands of masks from hospitals and correctional facilities.

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Illinois PPE Update 5/8

Sent out to node leaders this week:


We are moving into the next phase at Illinois PPE which is less urgent, but still important. In other words, people should take a breather.Here’s what some of us are already doing in our nodes:

  1. Fabricating jigs to help people who sew and make masks. I’ve been reaching out to local sewing organizations and letting them know that my node has jigs that they can pick up for free. Some of us have even purchased fabric, etc, to keep the sewers going. For instance, check out these two resources we put together that show what you can make to help sewers(sewists?):
  1. Fabricating this GE face mask frame:

TL;DR: there are still things that people with 3D printers can do, but we can (and should) take it a little bit easier, and do some high leverage things with our printers now like make tools to help other people make things.

This is a marathon.

Let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for all your help and hard work.

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

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!

Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus