First protective masks made by 3D-printer delivered to medics; prototype created during recent hackathon

  • 2020-03-25
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The first face masks made by three-dimensional (3D) printers have arrived at medical facilities, an idea that triumphed at the HackForce hackathon in Riga last week, which was dedicated to ideas to help deal with the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

Ilze Aizsilniece, president of the Latvian Medical Association, told TV3 today that the face masks, created by a team led by Didzis Dejus and Janis Jatnieks, were first delivered to medics Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospial in Riga this past weekend. These masks will also be delivered to family physicians in the near future as well.

"These face masks are very good. They were designed involving Professor Uga Dumpis and colleagues at Stradins Hospital to understand what their size should be. In tandem with single-use face masks, they provide excellent protection from drops that might come from persons infected with Covid-19," Aizsilniece said.

Aizsilniece told LETA that this type of face mask is better than a standard face mask because it can be disinfected and reused, while a conventional face mask is only valid for two hours, after which it stops being effective.