Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Face Masks


Tessa Blokland  

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Slowly, very slowly, the Dutch are returning to normal life. However, what will our new ‘normal’ life be? From June 1st it will be mandatory to wear a non-medical face mask when traveling with public transport. In the past weeks I have seen different kinds of 3D printed face masks: face masks to help you breathe, or PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for medical personal, and currently non-medical face mask for the general public. Here are just a few examples of these masks.

One of the objects Belgian 3D printing service provider Materialise 3D printed recently is a 3D printed oxygen PEEP mask which facilitates breathing by applying positive pressure in the lungs. According to Materialise, ‘the mask is designed to extend the amount of time before a patient requires a mechanical ventilator. The mask, which can be easily assembled by healthcare providers, is made from a non-invasive ventilation (NIV) mask, a filter, and a PEEP valve.’

3D Systems worked with engineers and clinicians at the Veterans Health Administration to develop a 3D printed emergency Stopgap Face Mask (SFM), which is a personal protective mask health care workers can use. The Stopgap Face Mask is to be used for medical purposes when standard PPE is unavailable or for less critical non-medical environments that do not require compliant PPE.

To make sure that there are enough medical protection masks available for the healthcare system and other essential services, both FiT and Bayshore Dental Studio have created alternative 3D printed face masks for general use. The 3D printed FiT filter carrier (also top image) consists of two identical plastic baskets, which can be disinfected and are dishwasher proof. In between these two baskets you have to fit a filter material. This can be any household tissue or textile. The filter material is easily changed and kept at a distance from the mouth, which is essential for the effectiveness of the mask.

Bayshore Dental Studio’s Face Mask Fitter is a personalized 3D printed plastic frame that is contoured to the specific shape of a person’s face to improve the seal of surgical or similar face masks. The masks are to be worn over cloth, surgical material, or another fabric type to seal the face from unprotected air.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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