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Students prints 3D masks for local hospital

Shared by Ana Ribeiro on 2020-03-27 16:01

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For Christian de Weck it all started when he saw on the news that Mass General Hospital was experiencing a severe shortage of masks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and asked the help of everyone that had 3D printers available. Ever since he was young, Christian carries around with him a notebook to write down inventions he comes up with. So he wasted no time and immediately jumped at this opportunity to make a difference, designing and printing masks from his family's dining room.

“I figured that since I have two 3D printers at home, they could be put to good use making masks for people who need them… I am willing to give them to any facility that might want/need them.”

According to Christian “the masks are being made from a plastic filament called polylactic acid (PLA) that is commonly used in 3D printers. It is easy to melt and shape, but should also be adequate for protecting the user of the mask”.

Christian has already supplied Mass General Hospital with the first batch of 20 masks and is not slowing down. “I plan to make as many masks as I can until my PLA filament runs out”.

Adapted from: https://theswellesleyreport.com/2020/03/natick-teens-3d-printing-gift-ma...

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Christian de Weck, from the USA, is a 19-year old student at MIT. Knowing that a local hospital was running out of protection masks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he started printing masks from his home.

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