• COVID-19 Response

    Bergen MakerSpace is dedicated to helping our healthcare professionals battle COVID-19.


    Currently we are only providing the Bergen I-Box and 3D Printed Ear Guards to hospitals and medical professionals.

    Please email us at: bergenmakerspace@bergen.org

    Or call (201) 343-6000 x6253 (MAKE)

    Bergen iBox

    The Bergen I-Box is an Intubation Box developed jointly between the Bergen MakerSpace and physicians from our local hospital network. The I-Box provides an additional layer of protection to frontline medical staff during and after an intubation procedure when viral exposure is at its peak. The Bergen I-Box is also being used in laboratories to help protect staff working with contagious samples. A funding campaign is now allowing us to provide these devices free-of-charge to local hospitals. To date, we have produced more than 50 I-Boxes and are in the process of ensuring that local demand for these products is being met before widening our distribution efforts. If you are a representative of a local hospital and would like to request I-Boxes for your staff, we encourage you contact us.

    3D Printed Ear Guards

    We have engaged the entire Maker Community to print the ear guards at home and drop them in our drop box outside the Bergen MakerSpace, where we will disinfect them and bag them up for delivery to hospitals, Ambulance corps and medical facilities. To date we have distributed over 8000 Bergen MakerSpace Ear-guards.

    PPE and Plexiglass Barrier

    Design, construction and installation of the protective shields for New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Create plexiglass barriers which can be customized to specific dimensions.

    Bergen iBox Specifications

  • Physician Designed

    The original design for intubation boxes is credited to Dr. Hsien Yung Lai in Taiwan.
    The Bergen Intubation Box’s design was modified by physicians at the local hospitals.
    Key Features include:
    Arm Slots in lieu of Arm Holes to allow for enhanced positional control.
    • 3/16” material to afford a 15 lb finished weight – allows for easier positioning and cleaning, while maintaining structural integrity to ensure a long product life. In prototype testing we found that 3/16” material was the minimum thickness which could be rounded over to yield a smooth, comfortable edge to allow physicians to rest their arms on while reaching through the slots.
    • All edges are rounded over to avoid glove snags, scrapes or tears.

    PETG NOT Acrylic

    PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) NOT Acrylic

    • Superior Flexibility
    • Resistance to shattering, cracking, and development of micro-cracks

    See more specifications at:

    Two-Piece Construction

    (5) Solvent-Welded Seams

    • We double-weld and water test all welded seams to ensure an impervious barrier between patient and physician

    (3) Thermo-Formed Corners

    • We found that Thermos-Forming corners at 48°C yields a consistent, tight, smooth corner with no bubbling or deformations
    • Thermo-Formed corners are easier to clean /disinfect /decontaminate.

    Easy to Clean

    CDC provides recommendations for Hospitals to chemically clean and disinfect medical products. Consistent with their recommendations all surfaces can be sprayed with either:

    Finished Specifications

    • 28”(W) x 20.25”(D) x 20” (H)
    • Slots 9½” High x 5 ½” Wide
    • 15 lbs.
    • Deflector Height: 6”
    • Working Height below Deflector: 14”

    • Working Height above patient’s mouth: ~12”

  • Purpose of Aerosol Box for Intubation

    Canelli, Robert, et al. “Barrier Enclosure during Endotracheal Intubation.” New England Journal of Medicine, 2020, doi:10.1056/nejmc2007589. Online video clip.

    More Information: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2007589

    Video Made By: Boston Medical

  • COVID-19 Makerspace Project - Bergen iBox