I know I haven't been making blog posts for the past couple days but I've been working really hard on pushing all my efforts publicly. In fact, I launched my GoFundMe and at time of writing, donors have contributed over $2000!
I'm very proud of everyone who's shown support for this project, either through donating, sharing the fundraiser, or joining the team. In fact, we now have a team of 7 makers and 10 working printers (although 2 are under repair), all in the Sacramento area:
I've also been in contact with an injection molding company who is currently evaluating the cost-efficiency for producing the 3D printed parts using a resin-based process. This may cost a couple thousand dollars to make a mold, but afterwards we could mass produce these parts far cheaper than 3D printing them. If this works out, however, we will use this to supplement, rather than replace, our current modes of production. The cost estimate will hopefully be ready by Monday.
My current goals for this project are to develop a test batch of 50 shields by next Saturday and refine the process of assembly. Once all the kinks are worked out, we will ramp up production amongst our teammates and work nonstop to produce this equipment.
If injection molding looks to be feasible, I will increase the fundraising goal, and likely set the goal to $5,000. Until then, I'll continue to set up expenses and start buying necessary materials.
Thank you all for your support and stay safe!