3D Printed Masks & Other PPE
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) standards have increased in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 epidemic. N95 masks have become very difficult and/or expensive to acquire, and so have other items. People across the country, including dentists, are looking to 3D printing for a potential solution to situations where mass-produced PPE may not be available, or for help in developing alternatives that, if proper procedures are followed, could perhaps receive certification for sanctioned use. Below are several very useful links to help you get started if you want to explore the possibilities offered by 3D printing yourself.
Disclaimer: Oasis Dental Care and Dr. Rodda take no responsibility for the efficacy or the reliability of any of the items represented in the following links, nor are we making any representation as to whether any of the items described therein meet any applicable local, state or federal standards. If you choose to make use of any of these options, you do so at your own risk.
Stock fit Montana Masks seem to be the most popular model right now, but there are several options out there.
Face Shields frames can also be manufactured, and the plastic purchased online.
Mask Fitters can press a standard surgical mask to the face, creating a better seal.
There are even devices to help hygienists with aerosol reduction.
Now more than ever we need to be creative, and 3D printing may offer exciting possibilities of increasing the availability of and access to masks during these unprecedented times.