MakeHaven's physical location is temporarily closed due to Covid -19, however we are hosting many virtual activities and classes for makers.

Covid-19 Response

Upcoming virtual event info:


Sewing New Protective Masks

Status: In Production, Volunteers Needed 

Produced: 288, and increasing

Description: An effort to research and coordinate volunteers in sewing protective masks for use in the communit and at YNHH.

Safety: This effort is entirely distributed to makers at home, you can use household materials or get a kit at pickup point to sew at home. Completed masks are left at unpersoned drop off points, then washed and distributed.

Contacts: Kate Cebik,  Lior Trestman

Additional Resources:

Volunteer Sewing Registration

Mask Design

Mask Instructional Video

Check MakeHaven Events for sewing circles

Community Organization Mask Request Form


Local Commercial Producers: 

Volunteer sewn masks are being distributed first to health care and community serving nonprofits. Commercial producers will sew custom masks to order for your private or business use.

Protective Clear Plastic Face Shields

Status: In Production

Produced: 1500 to date

Description: Use laser cutter and various fabrication tools to make clear plastic face masks from raw materials for use at YNHH and community nonprofits serving the public.

Safety: The shields where requested for use by the health system as essential equipment. The manufacture of these shields is done separating people in time and space as much as possible. Volunteers wear protective equipment.

Contacts: Aaron Monikowski, Lior TrestmanJoel Greenwood

Partners: Neurotechnology Core at Yale (Laser cutting plastic)




Local Commercial Producers:

  • To be identified

Intubation Shield

Status: Designed, Ready to Produce, Seeking Buisness to Scale Production

Shield made of clear plastic sheets to protect medical staff from cough spray during intubation procedure.

Contacts: Lior Treastman

Documents: Design/Specification Sheet

Local / Regional Comerical Producers:

Last Resort Ventilator - AmboVent Design

Status: Building Test Unit

Build test unit, followed by production units of this open source ventilator design.


  • Coordinator: Lior Trestman
  • Medical Team: Harvey Zar (Lead), Tony Tomassoni, Ben Artin
  • Mechanical Team: Colin Bunting (co-lead), Jen Fremd (co-lead), Nick McGhee, Jeremy Betz
  • Electrical Team: Jessica Badowsk (co-lead), Justin Rowe (co-lead), Cedric, Stephen Robinson, Paul Novak

Volunteer Interest: Complete Form

Slack: #covid-ventilator

Meeting: Recorded Planning Meeting

AmboVent Ventilator Resources:

Additional Resources:

Ventilator Splitors

Status: Design /Development

4-way ventilator splitter, working with

Contacts: Bruce Crowder


Testing Swab Applicator

Status: In Testing and Desgin 

Using Markforged carbon fiber /nylon 3d printer or resin printer.


Contacts: Anne Wyllie, Lior Trestman, Colin Bunting, Chaney Kalinich

Additional Resources:

Enhanced CPAP machines

Status: Researching Options, Research Needed

Contact: Rich Pizzoferrato (looking for new lead)

Additional Resources: 

n95 Life Extension / Cleaning

Status: MakeHaven Pause.

Yale University and others doing this work with more knowledge and resources. MakeHaven paused on project.




YNHH Partnership

Collaboration is happening through coordination with YNHH Community resources coordinator Lisa L. Lattanza, MD, FAOA, FAAOS.

DIY Shields Delivered: 750

Mask pattern for hospital is more speciallized than the design used for community nonprofits, requirements can be found at: Yale New Haven Hospital's PPE donation page or at People interested in donating may send a note to

United Way Partnership

United Way is taking and distributing DIY masks and face shields to community nonprofits and community service groups. 

DIY Masks Delivered: 152

DIY Shields Delivered: 260


Beneficiary Organizations: New Reach, Columbus House, CCA, Spooner House, Beth-El, Liberty, The Connection, CMHC, Cornell Scott, Vox Church,Sunrise Cafe, Cathedral for Higher Praise, Vertical Church, Youth Continuum, Fellowship Place, Shelter Plus Care, ESMS, Bhcare


Learn more about United Way's Covid 19 Response.


Yale University Partnership

MakeHaven is working in collaboration with Yale's Coalition for Health Innovation in Medical Emergencies (CHIME) initiative. In particular, Yale School of Architecture and Neurotechnology Core at the Kavli Institute for Neuroscience are collaborators in design and fabrication with MakeHaven. They have used laser cutters to cut raw stock for the face shields and are assisting with other advanced fabrication technology.

New Haven Collaborations

The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop - donated many elastic bands, 3d printing

Creative Arts Workshop Community - Fabric Mask Making Group

Medtronic - Independent team working n95 reuse, shields and sharing learning.

New Haven Free Public Library - 3d printing capacity

Regional Collaborative Covid-19 Response Initiatives

Danbury Hackerspace - face shields

Makerspace CT - Making 3d printed face shields

Spark Makerspace - Making 3d masks

Fairfield County Makers' Guild - face shields

Sacred Heart University IDEA Lab- Collaborative Fabrication Facilities and Testing


Get Involved

Join the Discussion

MakeHaven discussing each of these projects on on our community discussion forum. You can join the discussion at then clicking the word "channels" on the side bar which will allow you to search for our "covid" channels. General covid response discussion is in the #covid-19 channel. Stuck? Here's a Slack video.


Donate to Maker Response

MakeHaven is empowering makers to create life saving equipment and supplies. Donate to offset expenses related to the covid response.



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