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Chilean startup develops an open-source 3D printable mask to fight Covid-19

After printing its parts, the "NanoHack" must be assembled. In order to be antiviral it can only be printed from one special material

The "NanoHack", how it's been called, is reusable, recyclable and antiviral, according to the startup. Open-Source download is free. Photo: Twitter/Copper3D
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  • 3D printing industry is proving helpful in other partnerships to combat the virus;
  • In the Brazilian city of Curitiba, a mask is being made from a model made available by the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics,and Cybernetics.

As health professionals are demanding for N95 masks to fight the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, 3D printing entrepreneurs started to develop a version of it that could be easily replicable. Chilean Copper3D created and launched a downloadable design for an antiviral mask to be used in 3D printing, according to Contxto.

The “NanoHack“, as it is called, is reusable, recyclable and antiviral, according to the startup. The open-source design for the mask developed by the Chilean company is free and can be downloaded here.

The Chilean startup also says that this product brings an eco-friendly edge to face masks. There’s a simple process to build the mask after printing it. Also, the mask requires cleaning for it to properly protect from virus and bacteria.

The idea placed by the startup is to “hack the pandemic”.

In order for it to have antiviral properties, the mask can’t be done from any material. Copper3D points out that PLACTIVE material is required, a unique plastic that gives it the antiviral and antibacterial attributes in the first place.

Other collaborative efforts

As Covid-19 spreads, many companies have joined the fight to stop the deadly virus by creating and producing various types of medical supplies and healthcare solutions and the 3D printing industry is proving helpful in other partnerships.

For example, in Brazil, the city of Curitiba, through its FabLab, will make masks with a model made available by the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics,and Cybernetics – part of Czech Technical University in Prague, which created their own prototype of protective mask, the CIIRC RP95. Maha 3D, a startup from the same city, helped to develop a faster and simpler way of production.