MIT COVID-19 Face Shield


Solution Overview & Benefits

Information updated: April 13th 2020

The face shield is intended to protect the user from splashes and be worn with surgical mask or respirator to provides liquid barrier protection for medical use.

The single-piece medical face shield design comes flat and can be assembled into a 3-dimensional face shield. The shields are fabricated using die cutting, which enables them to be produces at a rate of over 2.5 million per week. They can be assembled in less than one minute per shield, on-site, by aides or other staff, and then staged at locations for pick up within hospitals. Nurses and physicians may also assemble them in real-time if needed.

The face shields were designed to be disposable, but it is possible to wipe them down to sterilize due to the flat design.

History & Development

Professor Martin Culpepper and his team at Project Manus spearheaded the development of the technique in collaboration with a number of partners from MIT, local-area hospitals, and industry. The team has been working closely with the MIT Medical Outreach team and the Crisis Management Unit established by Vice President for Research Maria Zuber and directed by Elazer R. Edelman, the Edward J. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science at MIT.

"MIT is providing the design at no cost and our intention is that vendors do not price gouge hospitals during this emergency. To obtain price and delivery information, please following the ordering process below."

Team Disclaimer: *FDA – Emergency Use Authorization Disclaimer:

  • The product has not been FDA cleared or approved
  • The product has been authorized by FDA under an EUA for use by healthcare providers as personal protective equipment.
  • 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.*


Publicly available: Yes
Countries where available: USA - Professional die cutters can contact about manufacturing license in other countries.
Price range: Contact supplier for quote
Offered or can be licensed for local manufacture: Yes

Additional Information


If you are aware of any updates to the MIT COVID-19 Face Shield project please complete the form or send an email to [email protected]

Need help finding solutions that respond to your unique development challenges? Apply through our Project Accelerator service or Contact us directly for needs-based project consulting.