3D Printed Shield

Our team has designed a face shield that is optimized to minimize 3D print time, and material needed. There are three different iterations of our 3D printed design. We recommend using this newest iteration. These designs are based off the Prusa Design and a design found on Thingiverse.

If you'd like to contribute to our effort, and have a 3D printer and PLA or PETG filament, please help us by making as many V3 headbands as you can, and we will assemble them! To arrange transportation of your finished parts, please email shieldmakersorg@gmail.com.
If you'd like to contribute to your own community, we have also included the shield, optional top cover, and assembly instructions so that you can fabricate the entire face shield.

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Version 3 uses removable nylon rivets to attach the face shield to the headband, in a fashion similar to

that of the Cast Design. The design also has fewer printing failures than the previous iterations.

3 Part Design

3D Printed Headband

Flexible Top Insert

Transparent Shield



Materials Needed

  • 3D printer

  • PLA or PETG Filament (any color)

Step 1

Download the STL File

Step 2

Load your STL into your slicing application. We recommend using Cura.

Step 3

Configure your 3D printer settings. We recommend the following settings:​​

  • ​Layer Height: 0.3 mm

  • Layer Speed: 80 mm/sec

  • Wall Thickness: 1.5 mm

  • Z-seam alignment: sharpest corner IMPORTANT

  • Infill: 0% (Change this based on your printer needs)

  • Supports: None

Step 4

Print your face shield! If you are using a standard 0.4 mm nozzle, the print should take approximately 2 hours. However, if you update the nozzle to a 0.8 mm nozzle the print will only take about 1 hour.


  Transparent Shield  

Materials Needed

  • 9x11 inch, 0.01 inch thickness, transparent flexible material (preferably PET)

Step 1

If you have access to a 2D or higher CNC machine, waterjet machine, or laser cutter, download the batch file for cutting. The designs for a single transparent shield is also available in the ZIP folder.


If you don't have access to a laser cutter, you could also cut the shields by hand, or you can donate the material to us and we can machine cut the shields.

  Legacy Designs  

Our previous design iterations of the Art Center Rancho Shield. Each iteration of the design was improved based on feedback we received from the fabrication process as well as hospital workers.​

V1 Shield Design

V2 Shield Design


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