Indonesian designer creates face shields for COVID-19 frontliners
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, overworked healthcare workers are among the most at risk. The limited availability of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) further increases their vulnerability even more, and has become a major concern in this global crisis.
But desperate times can inspire innovation – from transparent face masks to simple yet durable face shields. One Indonesian designer has taken on the challenge to create a Flatpack Faceshield that uses just a single plastic sheet, and can be manufactured and sent to health workers quickly.
Designer creates the “Flatpack Faceshield”
Image adapted from: @localinteriorbureau
Concerned by the shortage of PPE, designer Dhanistha Dyaksa of Local Interior Bureau decided to take matters into his own hands and came up with the Flatpack Faceshield.
A paper model of the face shield in the early stage of prototyping
Image credit: @libshield
Taking part in his alma mater’s community service program, he developed a face shield that only requires a single sheet of 0.3MM polycarbonate plastic and an elastic band to create.
Flatpack Faceshield instruction manual
Image credit: @dhanista_dyaksa
The Flatpack Faceshield isn’t only cost-effective, but it also cuts production time, which means that medical workers will be able to receive their face shields in a shorter time. Approximately 500 units have already been donated to healthcare facilities across Indonesia.
Video credit: Dhanista Dyaksa
You can watch the video on how to assemble the Flatpack Faceshield which was uploaded on YouTube by the designer himself.
Indonesian designer creates COVID-19 face shields
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continues to rise, and as the extended self-quarantine period starts to take an emotional and psychological toll on a lot of people, it is easy to slip into hopelessness.
However, seeing that creativity and community care can still blossom amid a pandemic, such as in the form of a simple but effective healthcare invention, is sure to boost spirits.
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Cover image adapted from: @dhanistha_dyaksa