How an award-winning creative director, a roboticist, and 3D Print savant designed an innovative 3D printable mask in less than a week using ZOOM, and more
Online PR News – 10-April-2020 – Los Angeles, CA – • Bicoastal creative Tito Melega assembles an international team to help in the fight against COVID-19
• In daily collaboration through the ZOOM app, they designed and developed an innovative 3D Printable face mask
• The mask works with ANY 3D printer with most commonly available filter filaments like PLA (Polylactic Acid)
• It features an innovative Filter Pod with the flexibility to utilize filter materials found in most homes; like T-shirt fabric, pillowcase fabric, Kleenex tissue, and more
• It is scalable to fit different face sizes and it is 100% FREE TO DOWNLOAD worldwide at AMaskForAll.com
WE are living in an unprecedented moment in time that brings with it an unparalleled opportunity for creative thinkers to rise to the challenge and make a difference in people's lives.
As the COVID-19 pandemic took off in the world and the news, ECD Tito Melega found he could not sit on the sidelines without asking, How can I help? Where can I help?
"Behavior has become the message. Just as with people, brands will be remembered for their character and the actions they did—or did not—take in this moment of need." said Tito Melega, ECD, TitoMelega.com
"Right now, is about people. We are all our own individual brands. We are in this together and it's everyone's turn to raise a hand and help out".
Collectively designed during daily ZOOM video meetings, 'A Mask For All' is one of many recent examples of social distancing bringing people together through technology.
Amine Arezki, Ph.D., a Product Strategy and Autonomous Systems expert in Germany, Justin Nussbaum, Ph.D., founder and CEO of an innovative 3D printing startup in Tennessee, and Tito Melega, an Executive Creative Director with residences in Los Angeles and Detroit, leveraged the platform to brainstorm, challenge, and evolve the mask's design daily.
"I am personally proud to be part of such cooperation for a common cause between Europe and the US. We must continue to collaborate in this way even after these hard times have passed," said Amine Arezki, Ph.D, Co-Founder of ixerabot.com
Because the need for such a product is so high—as of March 31, CDC started telling doctors to wear bandanas in the ER - according to KCAL9—they launched AMaskForAll.com quickly.
Justin Nussbaum said: "We already have demand for over a thousand face masks by medical professionals but do not have the printing capacity to fulfill all of these requests.
"We have secured a supplier of filament and high-quality filter media which can be sent to anyone with multiple 3D printers who are willing to help print and donate these masks."
It must be noted that it is not meant to replace N95 respirators or surgical masks.
No testing was conducted to prove its effectiveness, and all people associated with its conception and design—as well as with the publication of its website—make no medical claims that using it will prevent catching COVID-19.
If you can print and donate additional masks, know someone who can, have a suggestion, or are in need of masks, please email AMaskForAll@gmail.com.
We are all in this together, and every little thing helps.