Computer Science Teacher Prints Face Masks for Medical Workers


Villa Maria computer science teacher and Design Lab guru Erik Magness has been 3D printing face mask frames for medical professionals. He demonstrated the masks for his students this week during class.

“Face mask frames are something people are experimenting with to make masks more effective,” Magness said. “The frame holds the cloth directly to the face. The frame and elastic are reusable, and the material cover is either washable or is the only part that is thrown away.”

“This process is still in the early stages,” Magness noted. “I’ve been making them at home for some medical professionals.  I am sent the file, then I print, then I send out the mask.” Each mask takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to print.

Even in Virtual Villa, faculty and students continue to make connections between the “real world” and the classroom.