Creating Custom 3D-Printed Face Masks with Fusion 360
Face masks are a part of life now and will be for the foreseeable future. For most of us, that simply means putting on a generic mask in stores and other public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. But for many essential workers, including the healthcare providers on the front lines of the COVID crisis, wearing a mask is a job requirement. And after a shift of eight or more hours, ill-fitting masks can cause abrasions, soreness, and inflammation. Many healthcare providers report skin damage from their personal protective equipment (PPE), primarily on the bridge of the nose, cheeks, and forehead.
One solution? Masks that are customized for your face. Producing a customized face mask is no longer a time-intensive process that can only be performed by a CAD professional. In response to the pandemic, Mensura Mask, a research project based out of Imperial College London, has created an automated system that enables anyone with an iPhone X or higher to 3D scan their own face, then uses Fusion 360 to generate a CAD model that can be sent to any 3D printer. The workflow brings together reality capture, mobile integration, cloud connectivity, 3D modeling, 3D printing, and agile manufacturing—making it almost unimaginable just a few years ago. The BBC covered the story.
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