This friend came to us on a weekend requesting our assistance in plastic vacuum thermoforming of a new N95 mask due to the national shortage with none available for medical professionals, nurses, and doctors at our local hospitals.
Working with a team of “Makers” from our community, we provided programming, CNC machining of the tooling and molding of the plastic masks along with necessary components that we sourced through a local shop on campus and helped bring this project to fruition. This collaboration included the University of Illinois, OSF HealthCare, Carle Foundation Hospital, and other local groups.
The team consisted of many home-based “Makers” and a few businesses like ShapeMaster as well as U of I staff. What a great example of coming together as a community to meet the needs of frontline workers.
Face Shields, N95 Masks, and other components created and fulfilled on time allowed for our local nurses and doctors to feel confident that they had the necessary PPE to keep them safe.
Whatever problem presents itself in plastic, metal, wood, and more, we are certain our team of design engineers can help bring a solution and produce prototypes and production. Read the full press release here: https://healtheng.illinois.edu/2020/06/17/n95-respirator-design-fabrication/