All of a sudden, demand for face masks and any sort of protective face-gear has skyrocketed all around the world, with many factories and suppliers struggling to keep up. One Maltese 3D printing expert wants to do something about it.
“I designed this last night,” Invent 3D director David Sciberras said on Facebook last week, sharing photos of a DIY face shield. “If needed, send me a PM with quantities and I’ll put the print farm to good use.”
“Using an open source design as a starting point and improving upon it,” David says the shield is fully functional… and the design is even free to download and print.
“In fact, we’ve reached out to loads of hobbyists who have 3D printers to add to the manufacturing strength we have,” David told Lovin Malta. “We have about 10 to 15 hobbyists all printing to make it a joint effort, and we do the final assembly in the office with the PET sheet and strap.”
For anyone who’d like to purchase a face shield for themselves, David says they’re “only charging basic material costs to maximise the output of the masks”, which comes up to about €8 each.
David’s original post has already received hundreds of likes and dozens of shares, with people from the healthcare sector and beyond asking for their own mask.
“I really appreciate everyone’s support here,” he said on Sunday night. “I’ve even added a full-face and ear-to-ear version, and I’ll be sourcing more plastic tomorrow.”