Thoughtful and popular face mask designs to help you get started.
This easy to sew, cotton duckbill style mask by Nan Fulcher has edges that fit closely to the face. The duckbill style improves airflow and reduces moisture build-up by keeping the fabric away from the nose and mouth. It’s also easy to add a filter to make the mask more protective. The innovative strap loops give the wearer multiple options to secure the mask to the face.
Michigan Health Improvement Alliance features this mask pattern which follows the contours of the face for a snug and secure fit.
While no homemade mask can be as effective as an n95, masks made from surgical/sterile wrap material can offer improved filtration over cotton masks. For more information, visit https://ufhealth.org/news/2020/uf-health-anesthesiology-team-devises-respirator-mask-made-existing-hospital-materials
The University of Florida’s Prototype 2 mask is made with Halyard H600, a surgical sterilization wrap. No homemade mask can provide the protection of an n95 mask and this mask is not FDA approved; but this style is in high demand in COVID-19 hotspots in which regulation n95s are in short supply. Some recipients wear this as a standalone mask while others wear it to cover and extend the life of a regulation n95 or surgical mask.
Nan Fulcher's simple, sewn surgical wrap mask in the popular duckbill style fits snugly to the face, attaches straps with simple loops, and offers improved airflow and moisture resistance over pleated mask styles.
"Orikamo," an innovative surgical-wrap design by Nan Fulcher, requires no sewing and uses origami folding techniques to create the mask. The straps are secured to the face with reusable 3D printed clips . This design reduces the burden of labor of sewists and allows medical personnel with access to surgical wrap to quickly make and replace their own masks.
Sewn and 3D printed "ear savers" reduce damage to the skin from elastic face mask straps by providing an alternative means of securing the mask to the head.
Mattias Jonnson developed this 3D printed ear saver with the following innovation goals in mind: to improve safety by allowing the user to put on and take off the mask without touching it; to reduce the risk of losing the ear saver by securely attaching it to the mask; to reduce tangling in hair, particularly for users with curly hair; to make the ear saver easily pocketable; and to make the ear saver easily extendable to allow for a range of size needs.
Crafted and 3D Printed Face Shield Designs
The 3DVerkstan Face Shield is approved by the National Institute of Health (NIH) for clinical use. This simple 3D printed face shield head band can be quickly printed in large quantities.