Artscape Daniels Launchpad may be closed due to COVID-19 social distancing, but that hasn’t stopped production in our creative studios. With the global call for personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line workers, the Launchpad team has joined the effort.
Studio Technician Alex Wimbush has been working on an important project in collaboration wth Ryerson University, creating nearly 350 visor headbands to be used in the assembly of PPE for Michael Garron Hospital. Using the Digital Fabrication, Woodworking and Electronic studios, Alex utilized Launchpad’s 3D printers and CNC router to produce the PPE which is then sanitized and assembled with sterile shields and elastics to help protect front-line workers during COVID-19.
He has also created 100 elastic mask headband supports to support intensive care unit workers at the Toronto General Hospital. These supports are designed to alleviate the soreness around the ears of hospital workers who are wearing masks for long hours, but they can also be sanitized and re-used throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the delivery to Michael Garron Hospital, Alex Wimbush has begun production for Mt. Sinai Hospital.
If you are working on the front line at a hospital or facility that could use PPE, please reach out to Creative Studio Manager, Helen Weston at hweston [at] artscape.ca.