We are printing masks and shields around the clock for healthcare and essential workers around the country.
1 3D mask can make a huge difference for providers. These masks can be disinfected and reused over and over again. Filtration can be changed as well with a cut-out from an N95 mask or surgical mask. We are making such a big difference! Helping our providers stay safe through this covid-19 war.
Currently, providers are given 1 mask for the week to use. That same mask gets thrown into a brown paper bag that they leave in their car. It does not get disinfected. They then place their dirty masks back on the next morning. These heroes are fighting our war and risking everything. We can help them by providing clean reusable masks! $4 goes a long way.
We receive messages from all over the country (and world) for help. Our providers are desperate. Please consider contributing to the cause. Our healthcare heroes are fighting for us. Help us help you! We can make our world a safer place and even save lives!
Approx. production costs: Face masks = $3.50 each, but with donations we are able to do $2.50. Face shields = $2.50 each, with donations we are able to do $1.50. +Shipping = $8 ______________________ PPE for one provider = $5, Shipping approx $8 = $12
Each 3D Printed Face Mask costs around $2350 to make. This includes the costs of 3D printing Filament, the filtration medium, elastic bands, and the weather stripping material for a proper seal.
Each 3D Printed Face Shield costs around $2.50, which includes the 3D Printing Filament, Elastic Band, and the Overhead Transparency Film used as the clear plastic shield.
A single spool of 3D printing filament (PLA) is currently around $22-30 and can make 20 face masks OR 26 face shields.
Face mask Design: We are using the “Montana Mask” design which was developed by Dr. Dusty Richardson, Dr. Spencer Zaugg and Colton Zaugg. It is currently being used by the Billings Clinic in Montana and becoming widely distributed within the 3D printing community.
These masks are NOT an FDA or NIOSH approved N95 replacement. However, their filtration is highly effective and can be sanitized between uses. The Billings Clinic have conducted clinical tests on these masks, due to the porosity of the 3D prints. These tests show that sanitizing the masks using “Saniwipes” or a bleach mix are highly effective. Doctors are using these masks all over the world. See their website for more info: https://www.makethemasks.com/#MakeTheMasks
Montana Mask materials used: We are following the Billings Clinic guidelines on assembling the Montana Mask. We were originally cutting clinical masks into 4 pieces, where 1 clinical mask can provide 4 filters for the Montana Mask. Due to the shortage of clinical masks, we are now using MERV 13 rated HEPA air filters that will be cut to fit.
Weather stripping is used along the inner part of the mask to aid in a proper seal around the face and ⅜ inch Elastic bands are used for a secure fit.
Face shield Design We are currently using the Prusa RC1 face shield designed by Prusa Research. With our current setup, this is the only design that will fit our print bed dimensions. By the end of next week (April 10th), we will be receiving 2 additional 3D printers with a larger print bed in order to print the updated RC3 design and increase our production to fulfill the growing number of requests.
Please note the legal disclaimer prior to downloading any files from this site. The Montana Mask is not an FDA or NIOSH approved N95 replacement. Please see updated FDA Guidance (linked in our forms page).
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The 3D printed mask information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment. Please be aware that this mask design is not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available. The use of these 3D printed masks has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities. Billings Clinic, Marlin D. Richardson, M.D., Spencer Zaugg, DDS, Colton Zaugg or anyone associated with makethemasks.com, assume no liability and make no representations, warranties, or guarantees regarding the safety, efficacy, or appropriate use of these masks in any particular situation. Each facility should test each batch of masks prior to relying on them for protection. Use of this information for any purpose is at the maker’s and user’s own risk.