#HackThePandemic mask

#HackThePandemic

Hospitals around the world are close to running out of N95 masks in the middle of the worst pandemic of XXI century! Our purpose as a company has always been related to making a positive impact and tackle #GlobalChallenges through #Innovation, #Nanotechnology and #AntimicrobialMaterials. Our purpose leads us to solve this problem in a low-cost, quick, and descentralized way through #DistributedManufacturing. We propose a #Reusable, #Customizable, #Modular, #Antimicrobial and #Antiviral #3Dprinted #RespiratorSystem made with #Copper3D high quality nanocomposite #PLACTIVE.

Let’s HACK this #Pandemic with #Nanotech, #ActiveMaterials, #3DPrinting and #DistributedManufacturing.

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Two weeks ago the Copper3D team analyzed the role of their company in the context of this tremendous #COVID19 pandemic.

Their driver and primary purpose have always been to use #Innovation and #Copper #Antimicrobial #Nanotechnology to tackle the biggest healthcare challenges of our times.

Their purpose compelled them to act.

They thought: "If we already hack materials to make them antimicrobial, and we can hack medical devices and applications to make them antimicrobial, can we hack the global shortage of N95 masks and the breakdown of distribution chains in order to hack this pandemic?


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In these times of extreme uncertainty and with a serious pandemic that haunts us, the only way to act is to think GLOBAL, collaborative networks with #DistributedManufacturing and an #OpenSource mindset. There is no other way out.

We hope that this work will be a small contribution to fight this serious pandemic in order to give fast, effective and low-cost access to a high standard, antiviral, customizable, reusable, recyclable, modular and completely Open Source respirator mask.

ABOUT NANOHACK

Copper3D's innovation is inspired by the scarcest product these days, the famous and scarce N95 masks.

Basically, there is a breakdown in the global stock of this product, and it is a basic necessity, especially for Healthcare personnel who are at the forefront of fighting this disease. In many countries the authorities have also recommended the use of these masks (or similar) on public transport. These masks, despite being effective, also have some problems such as a short lifecycle (about 8 hours), and have another even more serious problem. Respiratory viruses, specifically SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) can live up to 72 hours on different surfaces. This is a problem since using a conventional mask, at the end of the day we would have a high viral/bacterial load trapped within millimeters of our nose and mouth, further exposing ourselves to these dangerous microbes.


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NANOHACK, THE OPEN SOURCE RESPIRATOR MASK
 

NanoHack was inspired by a great global pandemic. The most radical innovations are born from crises, which is why NanoHack is a unique design.

ANTIMICROBIAL/ANTIVIRAL 

Manufactured with PLACTIVE® an innovative Nanocomposite developed with a high quality PLA and a patented, scientifically validated and highly effective Nano-Copper additive


        

REUSABLE & RECYCLABLE 

You can use this mask any times you want. The increasing use of single-used surgical masks and N95 respirators will have a detrimental effect in the ecosystem. To prevent this detrimental effect in our environment, NanoHack will be made with recyclable material.             

FLAT PATTERN

Facilitate manufacturing and transportation with massive shippings all over the world and to rural settings.

MODULAR FILTRATION SYSTEM

NanoHeck will incorporate a novel modular fine particle filtration system manufactured with a material using copper nanocomposite proven to deactivate viruses. This novel filtration system includes a several layers with different geometries to provide an effective fine particle filtration. Furthermore, this system can house third party filtration materials, such as non-woven propylene, clothing, sponges, or textiles.

THERMOFORMING CAPABILITIES

At 55º - 60º C to allow the use of hair dryers or warm water to give the correct shape of the anatomy of any face.

CONTROL OF THE FILTRATION AND AIR INTAKE

Prolong use of N95 respirators have shown to reduce lung capacity. These single-use respirators do not allow the regulation of air intake or particle size. NanoHack incorporates a modular filtration disc that can effectively regulate the air intake and the particle size. This system that can be customized by using third party filtration non-woven propylene, clothes, sponges, and different textiles to reduce the level of filtration.

NANOHACK ASSEMBLY

NanoHack was conceived as a product that is 3D printed on a plane and then assembled by each user with very simple elements and procedures. Please follow the instructions to obtain a safe and correct use of NanoHack.

1. Print the pieces with 20% infill, without support or rafts.

2. Heat the NanoHack to 55º-60º C with a hairdryer or hot water. The circular part has to be intact, that's why it's thicker so that it doesn't deform.

3. When softening, bring together the nose wings and adjustment wings located on the lower jaw. You can glue them to fix them better if you want.

4. Heat it up again and put it on your face for final adjustments. Make sure it's not too hot! If you feel that there is some part of the mask that does not fit well or is too tight, you can put a small piece of soft rubber in the contact areas.

5. Screw the "cover" on with one or two additional filters. If you use a filter, you can use a circular piece (single or double) of a conventional mask (nonwoven propylene) or add a round facial cotton pad for makeup. Half pad can make breathing easier.

6. Add the elastics/straps.

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THE SCIENCE AND THE PATENT BEHIND NANOHACK

Behind NanoHack there's a lot of R&D with teams of scientists and industrial designers in the USA and Chile.