As countries around the world scramble to manage the coronavirus pandemic, makers and companies at all levels are donating their time and printers to the cause. Here’s how you can too. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is slowly but surely affecting all aspects of daily life. For many countries, this means closed borders, social distancing, and the closure of places of work, worship, and recreation. Parallel to the disturbance to public life, is the chaos wreaked on healthcare services by the increased number of patients admitted to overburdened hospitals. Often requiring a particular type of ventilator for life-support – Covid-19 is a respiratory virus – the sudden spike in demand for these machines has stretched supply chains and the hospitals using them to breaking point. Here are the ways 3D printing and the ingenuity of those that use it could, and in some cases already have, assist during the Covid-19 crisis. Prusa Research has added its clout to the pandemic fightback, designing and prototyping a 3D printable face shield for frontline medical workers to protect their faces against the coughs and sneezes of patients in their care. The printable – currently early on in i...