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3D printed parts during the COVID-19 pandemic

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According to the FDA,” Health care providers should-Check the 3D-printed mask‘s seal for leaks, Confirm that they can breathe through any makeshift filter materials, Exercise caution in surgical environments where the need for liquid barrier protection and flammability is a concern. Recognize that the mask may not provide air filtration enough to prevent transmission of infectious agents.
Safely dispose of infectious materials and disinfect any part they intend to reuse.”

Accessories, Components, and Parts During the COVID-19 Pandemic

3D Printed Makers mask

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A 3D Printed Makers Mask is a face mask that can be made using a 3D printer. This type of mask is designed to be reusable and customizable to fit the wearer’s face. To create a 3D-printed maker, you will need access to a 3D printer and a design file for the mask. Many designs are available online, and some are even open-source, meaning they can be modified to fit your needs.

Once you have the design file, load it into your 3D printer and print the mask using a flexible, durable material such as TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). The printing process may take several hours, depending on the size and complexity of the mask. After printing the mask, you can attach straps or elastic to hold it on your face. Some designs also include a filter pocket to add an extra layer of protection against airborne particles.

It’s important to note that while 3D printed makers masks can effectively filter out particles, they are not substitutes for medical-grade masks. They are best used when medical-grade masks are unavailable or as an additional layer of protection. It’s also important to properly clean and sanitize the mask after each use.

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From comments,

11 hours ago (edited)
Thanks for doing great work creating & share the Makers Mask. Can you add an exhalation filter?
I am concerned that without an exhalation filter, this design is dangerous. We may not know if we are infected before we are infecting others.

Abigail Friedel
One week ago
Excellent response to a much-felt market need! Well done! Virginia F.

Arron Bates
Five days ago
the mask looks great… but… where are the files to print?

Ilya Tsaryuk
Five days ago (edited)
Looks like this respirator has no exhalation filter. Are you designed it based on the assumption that COVID-19 is not airborne? It might be wrong. I like the design of this respirator, but it needs an option for an exhalation filter.

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