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Garde de Paris23 Mar 2020 4:13 a.m. PST

I finally remembered how to post a new message. The Governor of New York State in the US sent out a plea for people to send in face masks, gowns and the like for medical professionals' protection.

Wonderful response by so many small businesses. Also, mention about wargamers with 3-D printers able to make these masks.

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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 6:29 a.m. PST

I have seen a story about 3D printers being used to make a critical ventilator valve. But it requires a very good printer and use of a special material that can be sterilized and is approved for medical use.

I cannot imagine a 3D printer could make a surgical mask?

In either case check with your local authorities before printing anything.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 9:10 a.m. PST

3D printing respirators is problematic, but face shields are a possibility:

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Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 11:15 a.m. PST

Wow, that Czech company is terrific. What a brilliant and generous thing to do!

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