COVID-19 Mask Cap, Totoro Edition
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UPDATE: added LaFactoria3D's original mask parts that this is designed to fit. It's a good design, but if you feel their updated version provides better protection I urge you to use it instead.
Replacement cap for LaFactoria3D's COVID-19 MASK
While printing mask parts for Lowell Makes I wanted to find some way to help healthcare workers relieve some stress. Making replaceable caps seems the best way to offer an adjustment; these clip right onto existing masks without interfering with function and maybe they can lighten the mood in pediatrics.
This model is the Totoro Smile facemask cap. It clips in place of the existing cap, is lightweight, doesn't interfere with airflow, but probably won't fit under a face shield. I have not printed it yet as I'm still printing others, but it slices well in Cura. It's meant to be printed at whatever angle you feel is best to avoid layer stepping and will need supports. The whisker holes are intended to hold a length of black filament securely. I'm not satisfied with the result looking much like Totoro (having to conform to the base mask is an interesting challenge on these) but maybe you can paint one differently and make unique characters: Cheshire cat, furry, etc.
If you find any issues with it or think of ways to improve its design, please let me know. And feel free to modify this and share with the community.
- 3D file format: STL
- Publication date: 2020/04/17 at 09:25
I've been a 3D artist / animator since the late 80's, primarily working in the entertainment industry and game production. At the moment I do most of my modeling in 3DS Max just because it's what I use at work, but also generally switch between that, Maya, and ZBrush. Currently preferred slicer is Cura.
About those masks...
Obviously, PPE is a wonderfully effective use of our resources. However, as important as the additional protection is, it can add stress for people receiving treatment and not being able to connect with healthcare workers. This goes even more for the healthcare workers themselves during an incredibly stressful time, and for children having to wear additional protection. This is what motivated me to work on these designs, to create some options for those who need a little stress relief without compromising their usefulness.
I try to keep my designs kid-friendly[^1], but there aren't many character options that don't seem scary or villainous. So I greatly appreciate the suggestions I get, and if I see a way to adopt it effectively for the current base mask I will jump on it.
Oh, and of my mask designs are completely free. I won't charge for custom designs as I am keeping them interchangeable with LaFactoria3D's original model, and it just doesn't feel right charging during a shortage of PPE. I appreciate donations of course to offset the cost of test prints, but please do not feel pressured to chip in.
[^1]: Well, except for the "headcrab". I know that one is creepy, but sometimes you have to embrace a weird idea and I wanted to experiment with some software. Think of that one as an option to keep others two meters away.
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