Toronto design firm develops re-usable, 3D-printed and customized face mask
LuxMea leverages AI-driven design and additive manufacturing to mass produce its Nuo 3D Mask.
Toronto/Boston-based design firm, LuxMea Studio, has developed a filtered face mask that’s customized to the wearer using a combination of AI-driven design tools and 3D printing. To date, the company’s Nuo 3D Mask has raised nearly CAD$345,00 from approximately 1,500 backers through crowd-sourcing efforts on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.
Compared to some standard cloth or fabric-based masks, LuxMea Studio says the Nuo 3D Mask, due to its bespoke design, is more comfortable, lightweight and doesn’t steam up glasses. The mask’s re-usable plastic shell holds a replaceable four-layer filter that meets the N95 standard (95% of particles at 0.3 micron). The company says it’s working with U.S. manufacturers to supply replacement filters.
To order, users input face measurements, such as distance between the eyes, face width, and nose width. From there, the company’s A.I. driven software then designs a mask model that conforms to users’ specific dimensions. The customized mask is then 3D printed by partner Shapeways and shipped to customers.
Currently, LuxMea Studio says it’s testing their products at the University of Toronto and working with Health Canada and the FDA to get Emergency Use Authorization so the masks can be used by healthcare workers. According to the company’s Indiegogo project page, the masks will begin shipping to early supporters in June with general delivery to begin in July.