Open Source Single Material Face Shield Brought to you by University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

This face shield was designed to meet the growing need for locally manufactured PPE in the current pandemic situation while focusing on high volume production. To ensure the shield meets user requirements, feedback from local healthcare professionals was collected and incorporated throughout its development.

The Pitt Face Shield has not been medically certified for use as PPE. The creators make no warranties of any kind (express or implied) relating to accuracy, usefulness, usability, marketability, performance, or otherwise of the content release.


The shield requires very little assembly. A fold and two locking tabs create the structure.

Key Features

Single Material

Sourcing multiple materials can be challenging and also lead to production stoppages. This design does not require elastic or foam.

Flexible Materials

Can be made from almost any thin, clear plastic (between .010”-.030”) PET, PETG, and Vinyl work well. .020” PETG is our first choice

Flexible Manufacturing

Can be produced through die-cutting, laser cutting or on a Kongsberg digital cutter. The same file has been tested successfully on all three processes.

Scalable Manufacturing

Even a small die-cutting operation can produce thousands of shields per day.


These shields were designed with high volume die-cutting in mind. Many commercial print shops have the equipment, and often the materials, to produce thousands of these shields in a short period of time. This design was developed with our local printer Reed & Witting. They can also be made with laser cutting and digital cutters like Kongsberg machines.

Design Files

You can find a compiled list of this design in different formats in the table on the right.

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Format File
DXF .dxf File
EPS .eps File
SVG .svg File
PDF .pdf File
PDF with dims .pdf with dims File