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WASP: Masks and Helmets against COVID-19

Open source protection gear for workers, 3D printed by WASP.

The project goes on, WASP doesn’t stop. In compliance with the rules imposed by the Italian government for the health of workers and the fight against Covid-19, company activity continues to look emergency solutions. WASP has undergone a process of change converting its development ability in order to counteract the diffusion of COVID-19. All the ongoing projects from its R&D department have only been temporarily set aside and ad hoc tools have been studied and designed, developed by 3D printing, to guarantee health in the workplace. Now we are able to present the first concrete results.

Mask with replaceable filter “MY FACE MASK”

WASP has developed a process that starting from a 3D scanning of the subject’s face, allows making a custom mask for every wearer. The material used is PCL (Polycaprolactone). An implantable biomaterial, that can, therefore, be used for direct skin contact. All the masks were printed using Delta WASP 4070 IND. 4.0.

WASP releases the project in open source. On the website you can find all the instructions and the .stl files ready to be downloaded. WASP has decided to use photogrammetry to obtain a 3D scan of the wearer face since it’s the easiest method and can be performed using any smartphone camera. It can also be used a standard 3D scanner if available.

Our goal was to make the mask perfectly ergonomic, following the facial features as a second skin, a result that we obtained using Blender CAD-modelling software. “MY FACE MASK” can be easily sanitized and reused many times, as the central part features a replaceable filter. It only takes about 4 hours to customize a perfectly fit face mask, thus reducing skin irritation and long-use related issues.

A climate-controlled space, ventilated and safe from any virus. A positive air flow protection helmet. This is “MY SPACE”, the result of a few days of experimentation that allowed WASP to move from the prototype to the first production for internal use, all thanks to digital manufacturing.

An air-conditioned space, ventilated and protected from any virus. A positive pressure protective helmet. This is “MY SPACE”, the result of a few days of experimentation that allowed WASP to switch, thanks to digital manufacturing, from the prototype to the first production for internal use.