Natura(L) Mask

With the increase of the pandemic all over the world, as a result, protective equipment usage has increased considerably. The masks usage has reached a threatening level for the environment.
For this reason, we decided to produce nature-friendly, recyclable masks.

The Natural Mask project is prepared for eTwinning and Tubitak, which is also a STEM project. Considering the environmental pollution, it is obvious that single-use masks are a threat to the environment. Based on this, we designed a disinfectable mask at home using organic Arçelik, which is a Turkish brand, filament in a 3D printer. The students have witnessed every stage of the process and the project was implemented.

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ABOUT THE PROCESS: The mask frame from PLA (organic) material will be printed out from the 3D.
Pads will be produced with nonwoven fabric according to students’ age groups. The used pads will be collected in the medical waste bin and recycled.

ABOUT PLA MATERIAL: PLA plastic or polylactic acid is a vegetable-based plastic material, which commonly uses cornstarch as a raw material. This material is a thermoplastic aliphatic polyester and it is the primary natural raw material used in 3D printing. PLA is a fully biodegradable thermoplastic polymer consisting of renewable raw materials.

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ADVANTAGES OF PLA: PLA material has numerous advantages, and that is precisely why this is the most used plastic material for desktop 3D printers. PLA filaments come in a lot of different shades, styles, that can fit many different applications. 

ABOUT NONWOVEN FABRIC: The nonwoven polypropylene fibres of the material form a tangled web that traps even tiny particles effectively, a property called filter efficiency, yet it contains big enough pores that the wearer can breathe easily.

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ADVANTAGES OF NONWOVEN FABRIC: It is known by N95 mask, so named because its nonwoven polypropylene fibers can filter out an incredible 95% of airborne stuff, including viruses, from the air we breathe. 

EXPECTED RESULTS: The mask produced using organic material will not destroy the nature and can be used over and over again.
The cost of the pad to be used will be lower than the medical mask.

Please click for details of the project: https://live.etwinning.net/projects/project/236339

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