It all started a little over a week ago when SynDaver made their first prototype with a 3D printer, which SynDaver then offered for free online as a 3D printer template. The template essentially enables anyone with a 3D printer to make a safety respirator with commercially available filter materials. Immediately, the post received significant attention.
The company then began to investigate ways to expedite production and another post went up. Within an hour, thousands of masks had been ordered by local law enforcement agencies and emergency service providers across the state of Florida.
“We’re currently prioritizing orders for law enforcement, first responders, healthcare institutions and companies that have essential personnel interacting daily with the public, like grocery stores and gas stations,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. “We will be focusing purely on America first, when it comes to distribution. It’s also important to note that every aspect of our respirator has been sourced and manufactured in the U.S.A. All components, down to the raw materials, are from the U.S.A. and the respirator itself will be assembled here in Tampa.”
Details About the Masks
The SynDaver respirator employs MERV 13 filtration media that has been shown to filter out virus-carrying particles and the mask is also compatible with filter cartridges produced by other manufacturers. However, at this point, neither the SynDaver respirator nor the filter it comes with have been tested or certified by any accrediting agency.
According to Sakezles, the company plans to produce one million masks, emphasizing that regardless of how many masks it produces, SynDaver will never price gouge nor sell to the highest bidder.
“We will be using traditional manufacturing methods to create these respirators,” said Sakezles. “Additionally, we designed a ventilator several years ago to work with our SynDaver Synthetic Human and we are looking into producing these as well.”
The first version of the mask costs $35 per unit, and bulk pricing is available. The mask is compatible with common commercial filters for other respirators, which feature a bayonet fitting. Additional mask designs are planned.