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3D Print Your Own Protective Equipment – ZMorph Blog

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As promised, we’re releasing the STL files for various personal protective equipment along with assembly instructions and tips on 3D printing certification. Help yourself and your local community with ZMorph files.

All models were made using ZMorph VX All-In-One 3D Printer.

ZMorph Face Shield

Face protection 3D printed on ZMorph VX.

This version of face shield was designed by the ZMorph team and is based on a classic concept. Our model has extra space for people wearing glasses, can be adjusted to different head sizes, and can use an A4 binding foil as a protection. It should be 3D printed with PET filament as it can be easily sterilized and cleaned in autoclave or manually. We’ve made it as simple as possible to achieve a fast and easy to print model.

Main features:

  • Easy to print
  • Fast to assemble
  • Easy to sanitize
  • Can be 3D printed in bulk
ZMorph face shield without the protective foil.

Attaching the protective foil and ribbon:

Make holes in the binding foil. Set the punch to A6 size. If you’re worried that you make holes in a wrong place, you can always place the foil as if you were to attach it to the headband and mark the places where the holes should be.
We’re using a holed ribbon; if you have other type of binding remember to cut holes for attaching. Cut the desired length to fit to your head.
Slide the foil into the holes at the end of the face mask. In the picture you can see an openable model available below.
Mount the foil on protruding parts.
Attach the ribbon on the hooks.

You can change the 3D printing certification parameters according to your needs. For example you can lower the printing quality to make face shields faster (mind you, the protective gear will be less durable and more likely to break).

ZMorph Face Shield (Openable)

ZMorph face protection.

This version of face shield enables the user to lift the front cover. It’s a bit more complex and uses more parts therefore it takes more time to 3D print and assemble the shield. However, this solution is more comfortable for the user and doesn’t require taking off if you want to put on a face mask, eat something, or for any other reason.

Main features:

  • The front part can be lifted
  • Parts can be sanitized 
  • More comfortable than a regular face shield
What you need for the assembly.

Attaching the foil and ribbon is the same as in the instruction above. Here’s how to assemble the openable shield:

Place the two 3D printed parts together.
Use the pin to keep the parts together.
Make sure you use quality filaments that don’t break easily.
Place the security clip.

The previous face shield is recommended if you want to 3D print many pieces fast. The openable version is recommended for people with less demand, because it takes more time to assemble and requires 3D printing certification several parts.

Lifted front part of the ZMorph face shield.
A close-up on the opening mechanism.

Ears Reliever

Ears reliever 3D printed on ZMorph VX.

If you wear a face mask on a daily basis you know how tiring it can be for your ears. That’s why we’ve designed the ears reliever on which you can hook the mask behind your head. For this project we’ve used PET filament.

Main features:

  • Easy and fast to print
  • Universal
  • Elastic
  • Adjustable
How to use the ears reliever with a mask.
PET filament used for the ears reliever can be easily cleaned and is elastic enough to wear it on your head.

Neoprene Mask

Neoprene mask made using ZMorph VX All-In-One 3D Printer.

This is a project for an easy neoprene mask that can be laser cut. It covers your mouth and nose. There are 3 variants available: simple, with tuck, with tuck and engraving. Ear straps are regulated and mounted with 3D printed latches. 

Main features:

  • Fast to make
  • Doesn’t require sewing
  • Doesn’t soak as much as cotton masks
  • Regulated ear straps
  • Can be personalized
  • Can be washed and reused (up to 90ºC without the plastic latches; up to 40ºC with the plastic latches)

Warning: Neoprene emits strong fumes. Use laser cutting only in a well-ventilated area.

Notes:

  • seat_belt.stl is ZMorph remix of a file available on Thingiverse.
  • File clip_v1.stl should be 3D printed in 0.9 scale.
  • The fangs graphic was created by Alexander Wiefel and can be found on the Noun Project.
  • Depending on your machine, you may have to widen the holes in 4x_seat_belt_PET_OLP_Single_1_75_0_4.gcode using a knife or other tool if they’re too small.
  • Glue (or sew) the folds for the nose and chin.

Laser parameters:

  • Set the Laser PRO Toolhead 3 mm above the material
  • Laser cutting neoprene: set 2 paths with the speed 5 mm/s.
  • Laser engraving fangs: 1 path; 25 mm/s speed.
Mounting the material on ZMorph VX CNC worktable.
Neoprene mounted on the CNC worktable.
Neoprene mounted on the CNC worktable.
Laser cut and engraved neoprene mask.
The mask with plastic clips attached.
Final project should look like this.

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