Circuit Launch is allowing member and non-member access to the space to make PPE during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. We ask everyone to follow the guidelines outlined here.

Disclaimer

While we have done our best to collect information from reputable sources, we are not industrial hygienists or medical professionals nor do we run a medical equipment factory.  We are doing our best to be helpful in a crisis situation. These guidelines are provided “as-is” and come with no guarantee that following these guidelines will keep you 100% safe.  Use at your own risk, use combined with your own judgment, and refer to the latest scientific information available.  

Basic Use Protocols and Disclosure

It is very important to be aware of who is in the space and when. The following is practical advice.

  • Keep isolation protocols. If people are not already living together they should not be working in the same area without masks being worn at all times
  • Keep 6 feet away from each other at all times
  • Sanitize items handed off between individuals as much as possible
  • All people in the space making PPE must be trained on the protocols for our space before allowing access
  • If you have used the space to make PPE and feel any sign of symptoms or are diagnosed with the virus alert us immediately at dan@circuitlaunch.com
  • Guest are not allowed
  • No-Contact Pick-up and drop-off should be done outside the building or in the front desk area when at all possible
  • Please never use equipment or tools you have not been checked out or received safety training on from Circuit Launch.
    • This includes the Lasers, 3D printers, Sewing Machines, Woodshop, Voltera, Bantam CNC, and others.

Personal Safety

  • First and foremost, please do not attempt to make any PPE if you or someone in your household is sick. Even if you have a small tickle in your throat, please do not make any PPE if you think you, or someone that you are exposed to may be sick.
  • Act as if you were infected by the COVID-19 virus. Wear a face mask and a fresh pair of gloves when collecting each piece of ready-to go PPE. Store the PPE immediately in a sealable bag.
  • Keep your distance: Remain no closer than ~6ft (2m) from another human
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before beginning work or handling materials.
  • Don’t touch your face
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow 
  • Sanitize your work surfaces and tools before, during, and after PPE creation
  • Sanitize your cleaning equipment when washing fabric PPE and PPE materials

Workspace Hygiene 

  • If you can, please keep the workspace and the tools/equipment used to make PPE clear of food, personal belongings, or computers, phones, and personal electronics.
  • Always disinfect before, during, and after use.
  • Acceptable sanitizing solutions are:
    • diluted bleach (Do not use bleach to sanitize metal equipment or tools as it will corrode most metals)
    • 70% alcohol solution
    • Clorox Wipes
    • For 3D printing:
      • If the machine is clean, the plastic is heated up enough to be considered clean once the print is finished.
      • Do not attempt to sterilize the finished part; just drop in a clear bag with gloves or tongs and set aside.
      • Many sterilization solutions will damage PLA, and off-the-shelf isopropyl alcohol is not concentrated enough to clean the parts
    • For sewing:
      • Store similar to N95s (allowing the mask to hang in a designated area or placed in a paper bag and labeled – with one mask per paper bag). 
      • Launder after each use

How to request access

If you would like to volunteer, or access the space for PPE manufacturing please let us know on slack @Leah or email us at hi@circuitlaunch.com with:

  • When you need access
  • How long you need access
  • What workspace you need access to (1 person per workspace/room unless working with your shelter-in-place)
  • What PPE you will be making
  • What cleaners and personal PPE you will be providing
  • Please follow up with pictures of what you made!

Resources

This guide was adapted with permission from Ace Monster Toys

You've successfully subscribed to Circuit Launch
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.
Great! You've successfully signed up.
Your link has expired
Success! Your account is fully activated, you now have access to all content.