Using KAM Snaps as Rivets for Medical Face Shields
April 01, 2020
Some medical face shields are being made with a layer of elastic (or similar) and a thin sheet of pliable plastic.
KAM plastic snaps can be used as inexpensive "rivets" to "staple" the layers together. For this, 1 complete snap set (4 pieces) can be used to make 2 rivets. (1 rivet costs less than 2 cents when buying in bulk.)
What You'll Need:
Size 20 extra long snaps are recommended if you're using the snaps as "rivets" to go through a layer of elastic and a thin layer of plastic, or similar.
TIP: Size 20 regular length snaps cost a little less and more readily available. We can include a sample of this size with your initial order upon request so you can check to see if it works in your application for future purchases.
Hand awl or awl dies to pierce holes in your fabric for snap placement. (Again, the same adapter base is also needed for the awl dies to fit the heavy duty table press. Not needed for the smaller, portable presses.) We were told by one shield maker that 100 micron plastic does not need to be pre-poked, but 200 micron would.
We always double check press orders for completeness prior to shipping, but you can also note that these are for FACE SHIELDS in the Order Notes box at checkout.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance. (Monitor your spam box.) We ship from California and in-stock items ship out within 1-2 business days. We aren't able to ship same day. Expedited shipping available at checkout.
How to Install Plastic Snaps with a Heavy Duty Table Press
How to Use Plastic Snap Removal Dies
How to Install Plastic Snaps with a Portable Press
How to Use Awl Dies to Pierce Holes (Material should have some stiffness. Very pliable material won't work well with these dies.)