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Each mask is composed of two plastic pieces — a mask that sits directly on the face and a filter cover that can be removed and changed out if necessary.
An air filter, made out of special synthetic material, is then placed between the filter cover and the mask. As it’s not possible to 3D print the filter material, it will have to be provided by the hospital.
“The head of the business office, Bill Boutwell, was the one who kind of notified us or sent us the tutorial, and then we took off from there,” Niziolek said.
Niziolek, Kosloski, and Stoltz each took home one of the high school’s three 3D printers last week. Although the time varies by machine, one mask typically takes around 3½ to 4 hours to make, Niziolek said.
Larger machines, such as the one that Kosloski took home, can print several masks at a time. For him, it takes about eight hours to print five or six masks. So far, he’s printed more than 30 masks.
Kosloski said that although he received some informal interest about the masks from staff at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, there’s been no formal request for them yet.
He said that as of right now, there’s not a large demand, but that the goal is to continue printing and stockpiling them “in the event that this gets even worse, and health care workers have no other means for protection.”
“Health care workers are going through so much right now,” said Stoltz. “We were just hoping to help in some way.”
Somers High School staff make face masks for health care workers using 3D printers
April 7, 2020 By Erika M. Purdy
SEF BREAKS SEVERAL RECORDS !!!
Several face masks made by Somers High School library specialist Tenley Stolz sit in front of one of the high school’s 3D printers that she used to make them.
Photo Courtesy of Tenley Stolz
SOMERS — With personal protective equipment in high demand by health care workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Somers High School staff are using 3D printers to make face masks using a University of Connecticut doctor’s design.
“My hope is that these masks won’t have to be used,” said Nicholas Kosloski, a technology education teacher at the high school. “Right now we’re trying to have something ready if it gets that bad.”
Kosloski, along with fellow technology education teacher Michael Niziolek and library media specialist Tenley Stoltz, was inspired by a YouTube tutorial by Christopher Wiles, a doctor at UConn and Hartford Hospital, who demonstrates how to make the masks. Wiles also linked to his tutorial free digital files necessary to make the masks.
In his video, Wiles describes the mask as an “attempt to be the best last resort available,” only for use if the supply of official, hospital grade masks runs out.
JUNE 26, 2019
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