Essentium Produces 3D-Printed Face Mask for First Responders
Edited by AM Staff
Essentium has announced that it has designed, and is now in production of, a protective mask kit comprising a reusable 3D printed mask frame and filtration media.
The first run of 500 masks will be delivered to the Pflugerville Police and Fire Department next week following an order from the City of Pflugerville’s Pflugerville Community Development Corp. Thirty pilot units were delivered this week. As Essentium redirects resources to the production of this Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), it anticipates initial production capacity to be 5,000 units per week.
Teipel says, “While Essentium cannot be a first responder, we can be a second-tier responder. Where the supply chain for PPE is faltering, we can and we have stepped in; and we can do it with speed, to approved design that can be delivered with reliable and repeatable quality, at scale.”
The Essentium reusable mask frame is made with material known as Essentium TPU74D (thermoplastic urethane), which allows for easy cleaning, and is used with a single-use, replaceable filtration media. The Essentium mask has been created for general non-medical use during COVID-19 epidemic, based on FDA Emergency Use Authorization. The company has made the design of the mask freely available through the National Institute of Health (NIH) open source model.
Thirty of the first production units were delivered to the Pflugerville Police and Fire Department this week following an order from the City of Pflugerville’s Pflugerville Community Development Corp; 500 more will be delivered next week.
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