Our NextFab Product Development team, in partnership with Archimedic and Open Medical, have designed and prototyped a new origami face mask design that requires no sewing or equipment. You can now create your own origami face mask using only a printer, a zip tie and your hands. You’ll need to print out the directions and templates, cut our your mask, and then you can watch this video to fold and secure the mask. Download the templates and instructions below.
*Note: The Origami Mask is not cleared by FDA, and it has not undergone extensive safety and efficacy testing at this stage. We are in the process of performing testing, and we will publish the data as it becomes available.
UPDATE: When creating this mask, users should avoid making an origami mask out of any material, including vacuum bags, containing fiberglass.
Download Origami Mask Guidelines and Templates
COVID-19 and NextFab
On March 17th, all NextFab locations closed for business in compliance with Philadelphia’s sanction for all non-essential businesses. Along with other local manufacturers, makers, hospitals, universities and small businesses, NextFab is assisting in constructing much needed medical personal protective equipment (PPE). Utilizing our makerspace’s equipment, including 3D printers, CNC machines, and programming, as well as local resources and staff, have made headway on sourcing sterile and effective solutions on the PPE shortage.
As different problems and shortages arise in these fast moving times, NextFab’s Product Development team is working with Open Medical and Archimedic to create several solutions. Currently, the most viable ones we’re working on now are designing and manufacturing alternative sterile designs to create and distribute to local hospitals, due to the lack of respirator masks, certified N95 masks and other PPE for healthcare workers to wear. Those include the origami face mask and laser cut face shields.
CoverAid PHL Efforts
CoverAid PHL is the Philadelphia task force of representatives from hospitals, universities, manufactures, government and small businesses on solutions for personal protective equipment (PPE). Coming together to form this initiative started as a swift response to protecting our healthcare workers during the overwhelming threat (and lack of supplies) from the Coronavirus pandemic.
How Can you Help?
While the NextFab Makerspace is closed, we wanted to provide all our makers ways to enjoy making at home. Take a tour of our staff maker spaces as we take our own take on the classic MTV show, with NextFab Cribs. Or tune into our NextFab webinars series, as we interview those involved with providing solutions to the PPE shortage during COVID-19 crisis. Finally, follow along in our Mane Alongs as NextFab staff demonstrate how to make projects at home, with a few materials and some power tools.
IntroducingFrom Making to Selling: A NextFab Made Online Series for the Makers and Artisans of Philadelphia.
Now that you have a steady stream of products you’ve crafted, how do you go to selling them online? With Instagram’s visual platform, many artists have turned to it as a branding and selling tool – but with over one billion Instagram users, how do you and your products stand out?
Join us on Tuesday, June 2nd at 1pm ET, as Bart Mroz, CEO of SUMO Heavy, a local digital commerce consulting firm, talks us through selling through Instagram, along with understanding Instagram’s integration with the e-commerce tool, Shopify. Register now for “Setting Up your E-Commerce Platform through Instagram” as part of our From Making to Selling webinar series.
Join us on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m. EST
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