3d Printing to Help Combat COVID-19


Gontram Architecture started 3d printing architectural models several years ago as a way to help communicate the massing and composition of architectural designs to our Clients.  (We also fooled around with the occasional trinket or toy for grins and giggles.

In this current pandemic, it has been widely publicized that there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the country.  Face masks are in especially short supply.  Medical professionals often have to use the kind of face masks that have ear loops, elastic bands that loop behind the ear lobes.  These can be especially irritating after long hours of wear.  So, Gontram Architecture is currently 3d printing face mask strap extenders that take the pressure off of the ears, making the experience a lot more comfortable!

Gontram Architecture is offering to provide these devices (FREE of charge) to any healthcare worker or first-responder.  Just drop us a note or give us a call!

As Architectural services have been deemed an essential activity, we have also had to scramble to keep our employees safe.  The classic 3M N95 disposable face masks, identifiable by their two elastic bands that encircle the head, are very scarce, and should be reserved for the healthcare workers and first-responders.  Since we do not require medical grade protection, we have made a conscious decision to use our own face masks. In accordance with CDC recommendations, we have made reusable face masks from 2 layers of recycled pleated t-shirt material that have slots that accept additional filter material.

Directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to make your own face mask can be found here:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.



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