3D printing masks for local community

Baker Makes Masks for Local Community in Midst of Pandemic

Baker teachers Becky Crawford and Sarah Sklare, three Baker seventh graders (and their parents) and Baker alum, Michael LeMasters (‘18) and his dad have all been working hard to make masks to support the local community. Like any good design-thinking challenge, each maker has been developing prototypes, iterating on materials and processes and reaching out to local experts for advice.

Ms. Crawford has been developing her ideas with Michael and Matt LeMasters using 3D printers and explains, “I have friends who work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, radiology labs, emergency rooms, and more. It breaks my heart that they are still not getting all the supplies they need to keep themselves safe. I joined a bunch of user groups and found that makers all over the world are doing this and sharing their experiences and designs. It feels so great to be a part of this huge movement.”

At around the same time she began, Milo’s granddad was working on a prototype for a 3D printed mask and sent the design over to Milo to work on. They have also begun sewing masks as well. While they initially began making masks for friends and family, they are now reaching out to small businesses who are considered essential and therefore are still open but may not have adequate equipment.

Ms. Sklare made a mask at the request of her mom who has a compromised immune system. From there, she realized it was something she could do from home to help keep people safe and has begun making masks for friends, neighbors, coworkers and her local grocery store. Next, she plans to reach out to nursing homes and our partners at Connections for the Homeless.

For those wishing to sew face masks, the resource each of our sewers has referenced is this one from the New York Times. Zoë Miller-Lee explained that one challenge has been producing the ties because elastic can’t be sterilized. However, there is a hack to make yarn out of old tee shirts. Jena Karcazes advises, “if you are providing supplies or making masks, be sure to have a process in place for keeping everything clean and then having the recipient re-clean what you give them”.