Lack of critically-needed medical supplies, e.g. PPE (face shields, gloves), ventilators -- an insufficient production of critically-needed medical supplies. Something needs to be done.
What it does
We are building a supply chain of potential 3D printers to make supplies
How we built it
We are using KoBo Toolbox, a database mapping tool, to analyze inventory across NJ and create interactive maps between manufacturers (educational institutions, private businesses, and individuals), distributors (police stations, fire departments, and EMT hotspots), and hospitals.
Challenges we ran into
We don't know what materials are available or whether universities will get back to us. It's hard to locate the 3D printers at each site, especially if there are a lot of printers since we want to give coordinates for each 3D printer. However, if there are more than 10, for example, it becomes challenging to give those coordinates, as it makes completing the survey very fatiguing.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
A form that is very comprehensive in the questions it asks of the organizations involved in the supply chain.
What we learned
Coding is not always the solution. Sometimes, solutions are very simple and do not require coding. In this case, we needed to solve a supply chain issue that required a tool already available--KoBo Toolbox.
What's next for 3D Printer Crisis Response Map
To reach out to universities, continue getting support from the Ferreira Foundation, collect data, and connect manufacturers with receivers.