Hi, I am somewhat nee to the Drop Community. My friend, who is a long time MassDrop fan, and I are looking around and wonding if its time to invite the maker folks out there in the world to come and get a Drop Maker Community going.
Makers Spaces, hobbists, activists and entrepreneurs around the world are looking for ways to break in to affordable tech, low cost supplies, and open source designs in the quest to address the unique and sudden challenges this pandemic created. Shortages of medical and non medical supplies are felt everywhere on products like stalled by limited international shipping deliveries or overworked and understaffed fulfillment centers.
Makers are looking to improve on existing products too. For example, open source designs are being published worldwide on mask improvements for hospital workers, and they are printing them locally from their home 3D printers.
There is an opportunity for everyone across the nation to help their local hospitals in a similar fashion. For more people to get involved, and get affordable printers to folks to scale up their successes.
A mix and match kind of Drop for each brand of 3D printers, each with a home, professional, and commercial printer option would be a good start. But that same drop should have quick add ons for supplies and accessories, hopefully discounted bundles of supplies and accessories.
Lastly, a crutial pandemic solution such as top open source designs for masks should be sent with every purchase too, even if its just a link for a download in an email upon purchace, or better yet free to everyone and linked in the campaign itself so visiting current makers who aren't purchasing could see it and share the Drop campaign with others in their maker circles. The soultion gets out there, linked to the affordable tech opportunity the Drops access.
If everyone who has a hospital in reach does this, perhaps the price will remain available on Drop beyond the initial campaign, and would provide a real draw for makers during this pandemic and for years thereafter.
Tech can't solve everything, but access to tech changes lives well beyond a single purchase. Getting printers to those staying home durimg this crisis could help slow the spread of COVID-19 and literally help save lives at their local hospital and in the surrounding community.
Does anyone already in the Drop community have an interest in 3D printers or some other helpful product that could help people during these next couple months of outbreaks?