Answering the call

Within days after they heard the call from Temple University Health System and other local hospitals running direly low on the supply of protective equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of faculty, staff and students launched a bona fide wartime manufacturing operation to produce more.

The most impressive part? The dozens working in the group now known as the Temple University COVID-19 Assistance Team (TUCAT)—from research operations to architecture, and from 3D printing to basic science—got the operation up and running remotely, at a safe social distance, to avoid further spread of the coronavirus.

Read more in Temple Now about this joint effort of more than 100 Temple University staff, faculty, students and volunteers. 

TUCAT today

Working directly with medical professionals at Temple University Hospital, TUCAT continues to produce protective face shields and other support materials as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Experts from the College of Engineering, College of Science and Technology, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple Libraries, Temple Health and the Office of the Vice President for Research, among other areas, have joined forces in the effort. Within days, staff and volunteers were able to prototype and produce an effective single use shield from readily available supplies.

Hundreds of homemade face shields were supplied to the hospital within two weeks.

TUCAT’s face shield casting project is now able to meet the needs of Temple University Hospital, and the techniques can be easily adopted by other institutions hoping to support hospitals in their areas. Now, users can take our open source designs and create thousands of face shields where they are most needed.


            This document is made available by Temple University for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal or medical advice regarding the design, manufacture, or use of face shields.

Face shields may constitute a class I medical device when used in certain healthcare settings.  This product has NOT been FDA cleared or approved.  Manufacture of this product may be authorized by FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (“EUA”) letter for use by healthcare providers as personal protective equipment, see If produced in accordance with the EUA, this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances justifying the authorization of emergency use under Section 564(b)(1) of the Act, 21 USC 360bbb-3(b)(1) unless the authorization is terminated or revoked sooner.

This device should NOT be used as a replacement for conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when available. Use of these face shields alone will NOT prevent infection from microbes or viruses, including COVID-19.  This device has not been industry tested nor has it been NIOSH approved.

These face shields have been designed by Temple University for low impact use to protect the user’s eyes and face from bodily fluids, liquid splashes, or potentially infectious materials. These face shields were designed for multi-use by a single provider, however, users should exercise caution and clean the face shields after each use.  Manufacturers and users are solely responsible for any and all risks associated with production, use, and cleaning of face shields. THIS PRODUCT DESIGN AND RELATED INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE AS-IS, AND TEMPLE UNIVERSITY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS, ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATIONTHE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT.  Reference to any particular product brand name or materials does not constitute an endorsement, guarantee, or representation by Temple University.