Source: Winston-Salem Journal

Alan Shelton is the founder and executive director of MIXXER in Winston-Salem, a nonprofit workspace equipped with all types of tools. His 8,000-square foot building houses a range of equipment that was sitting unused in March, since events were canceled across the board because of coronavirus.

But despite his inability to carry on as usual, Shelton converted the space into ‘ground zero’ for creating personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The creative space has allowed Shelton and some of the members of MIXXER to begin various projects. Thus far, they’ve created plastic face shields using the laser engraver and cutter machine, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Those were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and they hope to move to mass production. 

Shelton said he was spurred to action by seeing how many peers in the makerspace community were creating PPE and the like. He decided to set about contributing as well, and many of the members at MIXXER were also beginning to come around to the idea independently.

Because so many groups are working on face masks, Shelton decided to make his focus face shields. After working out the kinks and perfecting the process, the design for the face shields was uploaded to MIXXER’s site.

“All we wanted to do was create a design that could be quickly producible, if needed,” Shelton told the Winston-Salem Journal. “And we want to step back because we’re not in the business of manufacturing. We’re in the business of making tools accessible to people.” 

Read more about how MIXXER is using their space to support medical workers in the Winston-Salem Journal.