ACT 3D Equipment and Services (ACT 3D) has recently partnered with scientist and designer James Weaver to provide 35,000 face mask hooks to keep healthcare workers safe while reducing the discomfort of ear loops on typical masks. The mask hooks, which have also been referred to as ear savers, were sent to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Winchester Hospital, affiliated with Lahey Health. Weaver is a former Senior Research Scientist at the Wyss Institute and a current Senior Staff Scientist at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).
While COVID-19 outbreaks continue across the United States, personal protective equipment is more important than ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wearing a mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safer (CDC, 2020). Emily Turcan of ACT 3D worked closely with Weaver and his team on the project. She remarked, “It’s an honor to be considered a trusted resource in the 3D industry and we welcomed the opportunity to help with the PPE shortage. James Weaver’s design efforts and his ability to obtain tangible feedback from frontline medical workers coupled with our team’s intimate knowledge of AM processes and materials quickly propelled the project into motion.” Other ACT team members who worked on the mask hook project include Nick Gondek, Director of Additive Manufacturing, and Kevin Williams, Director of Engineering Solutions.
ACT 3D used its HP Jet Fusion 580 Color 3D Printer to create the original mask hooks for the hospital’s approval. Upon approval, the larger orders were processed on an HP 4200 printer to better support the volume requirements. Many healthcare workers take on shifts of 12 hours or longer and ACT 3D feels that comfort and safety are key for personal protective equipment. The printer used a nylon material that is both strong and malleable and can be attached to the mask’s ear loops to prevent rubbing and chafing after many hours of wear.
About ACT 3D:
ACT 3D Equipment and Services is a nationally certified woman-owned small business offering bespoke engineering services and end-to-end additive manufacturing solutions.
With clients ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 Companies, ACT 3D represents 3D Systems, RIZE and HP in the New England region for equipment/material sales and machine maintenance. In addition, ACT 3D is a Specialty Distributor, covering the continental US, for LOCTITE’s novel 3D Printing Resins.
ACT 3D will assist your company, with the highest value, in the identification of additive manufacturing applications while understanding and building capabilities to support sustainable integration. From start to finish, ACT 3D will deliver realistic expectations and the opportunity to jump ahead of the learning curve.