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Newmarket's NewMakeIt creating up to 200 face shields a day for health-care workers

Newmarket Public Library has donated 3D printers, however, more are required to step up production; volunteers needed to help with deliveries
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Staff members at Lakeridge Health, Ajax-Pickering’s general hospital, take a much needed break to pose for the camera and show their appreciation for the face shields created by local makerspace NewMakeIt in partnership with Newmarket Public Library. Supplied photo/Seamus O’Hara

Newmarket makerspace NewMakeIt, in partnership with Newmarket Public Library, is using 3D printers to create up to 200 of plastic face shields a day for frontline health-care workere. 

The library donated the use of its 3D printers to assist in making the personal protective equipment (PPE) for health-care workers, and is providing financial and administrative support. 

Initially the project ran into difficulty in obtaining the plastic needed to create the face shields, due to high demand caused by the pandemic. Having obtained a supply of material, the team are now working hard to create the face shields and get them to frontline health-care staff.

Creating the headbands for the face shields is a time-consuming process, and organizers need more 3D printers to help ramp up production. There is also a need for volunteers to help with deliveries and other activities.

The face shields are being made available to hospitals and paramedics in York Region, and throughout the GTA.

NewMakeIt is part of the Ontario PPE Collective, an emergency grassroots effort formed to help out during the pandemic. 

To donate the use of a 3D printer or to volunteer visit here

Since it costs $3 to produce one face shield, there is also a need for donations to help offset expenditures. You can help with this important project to assist our frontline health-care workers by making a donation here.

— This article is contributed by Lorne Chase, marketing and communications coordinator at Newmarket Public Library. Visit the library’s website at