3D Crowd - MAKING Change Together

by Adam Clarke in Wheathampstead, England, United Kingdom

£603

raised so far

33

supporters

We want to lead the way in enabling and empowering citizen, volunteers and engineers in solving both grassroots & wider world problems.

by Adam Clarke in Wheathampstead, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th April 2021 we'd raised £548 with 29 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Our origin story: 3D Crowd was born out of the 1st wave of the pandemic in March 2020 when 8,000 volunteers came together from across the UK in a matter of weeks as makers, cleaners, delivery drivers and problem solvers all answering the call to help our NHS and frontline care workers. It was an astonishing achievement by people of all walks of life and ages.  Some people referred to 3D Crowd building the Amazon of face shields in only 4 weeks with its complex network of hubs, cleaning, packaging and distribution. 3D Crowd was in the news almost daily and we went on to directly raise over £165,000 and distributed over 200,000 and sourced over 185,000 more. 

Where we are now: After receiving formal CE accreditation for our Visors in August (one of, if not the only distributed manufacturers ever to do so) we proved that citizen activists can and will respond faster than the private sector in a time of urgent need. Since then a smaller but just as committed community are now working on a number of projects that could make a massive difference to people across the world.

Some of our current projects.

Project Papra - Wearable breathing units for health workers (Joint project)

Project Tetra - Ventilator splitters to make one ventilator support up to four people.  (Joint project)

E-Nable Prosthetics - 3D limbs for children

Foldable 3D printers and quality tested 3D printing library to support point of need disaster relief 

Finally, send a Prusa 3D Printer to the MOON!!!! Research. Everyone needs a bit of fun from time to time. 

Why we need your donations: Your donation will help us to continue to prove that citizen activists can and will respond faster than the private sector and government. (at less cost to the taxpayer). If properly coordinated maker technology is more than capable of hitting quality standards of medical and other life-saving devices. By focusing on direct intervention, we can be more agile and efficient at rising up to these kinds of challenges than traditional approaches. We've already shown how people from all walks of life can and will directly work together to help communities all over the country (and indeed the world). Now we want to do it again and again. 

Plus, every donor will have their name added to a thank you 'wall' on our website. 

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£20 or more

3D Crowd Supporter

Become an official 3D Crowd Supporter. Ideal for anyone who benefited from our face shields or originally volunteered but no longer has time to commit. Plus, your name will be featured on our website as a thank you.

£50 or more

Super Supporter

3D Crowd Ambassador. Become an official 3D Crowd Ambassador. Get an official badge and add it to your LinkedIn profile (if you want) Perfect for anyone who wants to actively support 3D Crowd. Plus, your name will be featured on our website as a thank you.

£100 or more

Sponsor a free range 3D Printer

Sponsor a 3D Crowd volunteers 3D Printer. You'll get monthly updates of when things are going well and when they are not for a year. The money will help volunteers keep their 3D Printers in tiptop shape. Plus, your name will be featured on our website as a thank you.

£200 or more

The Masked Singer Workshop Tour

One of our founding members is also behind the masks from the masked singer. Get a sneak peek behind the scenes.

£200 or more

Sponsor a Papra Unit Prototype

What is a Papra unit we hear you ask... It's a self-contained breathing unit to help keep health workers safe. Once we have working prototypes we can look at reducing the unit costs an optimise the manufacturing process. These units have a multitude of uses and have the potential to help and support a range of scenarios.

£250 or more

Sponsor our newsletter

Sponsor one of our weekly newsletters for a month which goes out to 7,000 current and former volunteers. Our newsletters get an impressive 45%+ open rate. Perfect for 3D Printing related companies. We reserve the right to refuse the advert if we feel it is not compatible with our values and commitment to our members. Please keep this in mind before committing.

£250 or more

Sponsor our website for a month

With thousands of visitors still coming to our website every month. Advertising your brand and supporting a great cause could be a match made in heaven for your brand. First come first served. We reserve the right to refuse the advert if we feel it is not compatible with our values and commitment to our members. Please keep this in mind.

£600 or more

Sponsor a Portable/Folding Printer

When disaster hits, time is of the essence and simple things can make a huge difference. Having a portable folding printer could enable communities to print the parts that they need fast and without waiting for aid. This would suplements our project Babel testing initative where 3D Crowd volunteers are refining and checking the quality of designs so people can print reliable parts in a time of crisis.

£750 or more

Sponsor a Tetra Unit

Project Tetra is an ambitious joint project to make one ventilator support up to four people at once. Yes, £750 might sound like a lot, but in comparison to the cost of a standard ventilator, they are incredibly cost-effective. The more we can prototype and learn from the manufacturing process, the more we can improve and reduce the cost of production for low to middle income countries.

£2,000 or more

Sponsoring a Babel Test Lab / Makerspace

Ambitious yes, but if you don't ask, you don't get. Sponsoring a Babel Test Lab / Makerspace would allow 3D Crowd to ramp up our disaster relief efforts massively. We need funding to scale up and prove some of our concepts to allow 3D printing of parts in the field. We aim to set up a resilient and mobile high-quality production facility to deploy within a disaster relief zone, allowing rapid response times for critical parts to save lives.

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