• Anyone with 3D printing or other additive manufacturing capabilities can help counter the spread of the coronavirus by making N95-style masks. Credit: CDC image
     Anyone with 3D printing or other additive manufacturing capabilities can help counter the spread of the coronavirus by making N95-style masks. Credit: CDC image

Call to Action: 3D Printers to Make Protective Masks

March 31, 2020


A fledgling movement calls 3D printer owners to fight Coronavirus.


A movement is underway to inspire 3D printing or other additive manufacturing experts and hobbyists to produce N95-style masks, visors and other critical medical supplies across the United States and the globe. 

The so-called Maker’s Mask is a mask created by Rory Larsen at the request of Kaiser Permanente in Seattle. Larsen created the mask from commercially available hobbyist-grade 3D printers and other common household materials. He intends to share his design freely and widely. 

Hobbyists, civic groups, universities, schools, churches and available government agencies could potentially step in and help to make the masks. Some masks already are currently being used by staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital, which provisionally approved using the Maker Mask by laboratorians after testing the mask’s fit, breathability and comfort along with other factors. Dr. Xuan Qin, professor of laboratory medicine, called the Maker Mask, “nicely designed,” and “really useful” for laboratorians who process patient specimens, according to a fact sheet provided to SIGNAL Magazine..

The costs to produce each mask is estimated at between $3 or less, not including electricity or cost of printers or labor, which is expected to be all volunteer work and donations.

Maker Mask is collaborating with the National Institutes of Health, America Makes, getusppe.org, InfraGard National, Matter Hackers, Nation of Makers, MITRE, Teach for America, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Military, Whiteford Taylor & Preston and others to address shortages of personal protective equipment.

Visit the Maker Mask Distribution Website for information on how to access the Maker Mask CAD, training, and instructions on how to be part of this innovative solution: www.makermask.com

For video demonstration created March 23, view below.

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Amazing. I am dragging out my Prusa printer now.

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