It’s hard to find personal shielding masks during this COVID-19 pandemic. One firm in Rensselaer has come up with a face mask that is created using 3D printers.
“We are trying to help out we are trying to do our part,” stated Ron Kasparian, the owner of You’ll Never Guess LLC. He also said that the firm has been in the Rensselaer neighborhood since 2012. They focus on additive manufacturing. When they saw how many people were struggling to find personal protective masks due to the COVId-19 pandemic they decided to design one of their own.
“We thought that 3D printing something that’s actually contoured to your face was the best way to create a functional mask” stated Kasparian.
The mask feature four sections which include the filter housing, mask body, filter wrench, and filter retainer.
“The cost of an actual filter is and that’s the reason why there aren’t a lot of masks why people are trying to do sewing masks and all kinds of other stuff,” stated Kasparian.
The exact sieves for the hoods are where Kasparian and his group discovered an affordable solution.
“How do we make a filter we asked ourselves,” added Kasparian. “The answer was found was cotton rounds in the makeup section.”
Cotton rings are made and when a pair are placed together they serve as a sieve comparable to normal hospital covers.
“It’s the same thing that they are trying to do with an actual mask,” said Kasparian. “The masks are cotton that is inverted and that’s how they make a diffuser. When a particle comes through the mask actually gets stuck in the woven part of the mask.”
The firm has several printers. Every one of them prints a part of the hood. A single mask may take around 6 hours to create. The firm anticipates they may halt the spread of the outbreak by creating masks that are cost-effective and reusable.
“When you talk to somebody who works in a soup kitchen that hasn’t had a mask in 10 days or you talk to someone who has COPD and needs a mask because they are afraid to go to the store,” states Kasparian.
“It’s a very humbling experience to think that we might lead a part in actually solving part of this problem in our country.”
The masks aren’t approved N95 hoods. However, the firm founded its design on OSHA and CDC suggestions. It is also is making efforts to become approved. The firm is presently making about 300 masks per day to satisfy demands. Very mask values about $30 dollars and may be shipped wherever in the United States.