Additive manufacturing of a do-it-yourself face mask

Since COVID-19 reached Germany at the end of January, the demand for face masks, in particular, has increased rapidly. Meanwhile, the demand exceeds the supply, and it is becoming difficult to meet the increasing demand.

The Institute for Operations and Technology Management (IBT) at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld has therefore responded to an inquiry from the Hirsch Pharmacy in Hermeskeil and now produces DIY face masks using the generative 3D printing process. First of all, prototypes were tested in the Hirsch Pharmacy, various optimizations were carried out, and it was rechecked whether it was possible to produce larger quantities.

After all the available 3D printers had been brought together in the Innovation Laboratory Digitization (INNODIG), production could begin - since March 24th, the first masks have been delivered to the Hirsch Pharmacy in Hermeskeil and the Hirsch Pharmacy in Birkenfeld. The pharmacy is selling the masks to interested parties at cost price. The files for printing the masks on their 3D printer can be requested by Prof. te Heesen by mail.

The Do-It-Yourself (DiY) face mask is not a medical product offering medically standardized mouth and nose protection. It is not a medical respirator. There is no FFP standard and no certification.


Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Professor FB Umweltplanung/Umwelttechnik - FR Maschinenbau


+49 6782 17-1908


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Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
Institut for Operations and Technology Management (IBT)
Campusallee 9925
55768 Hoppstädten-Weiersbach

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