Thanks to the additive technology we are able to develop customized products and solutions faster and this is the reason why this project was born:
The protective mask created by Mark One makes the most of the advantages of 3D printing to meet the current need of defence against the relevant propagation of the coronavirus. The main purpose of this mask is to prevent and limit the spread of the virus, providing a valid protection tool for those who work or live next to many people. Currently it’s become hard to find masks, because of the high demand.
Thus 3D printing provides a low-cost solution to help confronting the lack of mask in this time of need.
The 3D printed protective mask is different from the conventional ones used until now: it’s a cover where the filters are placed, so they can be replaced several times without changing completely the mask.
The Mark One mask has been designed in order to allow the washing and disinfection of its structure so that it can be easily reused, reducing costs and waste.
Its strong and light form allows to decrease the time of realization and production, making it available quickly.
Moreover, it’s made with a particular plastic, sensitive to temperatures, whose properties allows an easy modeling of the mask on the operator’s face.
The adaptation of the cover to the face of who wears it, guarantee a significantly reduction of the spaces not close-fitting to the face and consequently it becomes an even more effective protection tool.
In order to simplify the diffusion and availability of the masks, the production will not be concentrated in a single place, but de-localized in several places.
As a matter of fact, with the access to the design file, the production will be possible in all centers equipped with a 3D printer, avoiding delivery and supply times.
This works even with other components that the traditional production chain is unable to provide.