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J-CAD Uses Virtual Reality and 3D Printing to Help Design Origami-Inspired Face Masks

by • July 4, 2016 • No Comments

842391c3062758a1eb056e0cf832adce_originalIn new years – particularly if you live in sure cities – you may have noticed an increasingly talked about accessory worn by individuals around you, on the streets, on the subway, on the bus. You may actually be rocking one of these functional accoutrements by yourself. What is this must-have style item? The air-filtering face mask. Yes, the papery white surgical mask is becoming extra
and extra
commjust seen on the streets, but this is one trend that I ponder everyone can agree they don’t like to see.

It is not going anywhere anytime soon, yet. Air pollution is getting worse on a global level according to the World Health Organization, and it’s contributing to a host of health problems of asthma to heart disease. It is frightening that most individuals, particularly those with respiratory or other health conditions, cannot go outdoors without preserveive coverings over their faces – it appears like an apocalyptic scenario, but it’s real, and unless governments and corporations start bringing worthwhile action, it’s just going to store getting worse.

Canadian entrepreneur Tony Luna does not claim to have the solution to worsening air high end, but he has come up with a way to make air-filtering face masks extra
appealing – actually styleable, while at the same time drawing individuals’s attention to the pollution issue. Façade Urbane, already on Kickstarter, is a line of dramatic, avant-garde face masks that turn respiratory preserveion into an actual style statement – as well as a political statement.


The masks were inspired by the creations of University of Toronto graduate Stacie Vos, whose thesis revolved around the turn it into of styleable smart clothing that senses germs and pollutants and reacts to preserve the wearer. Vos used origami-inspired creations that provided extra
layers of preserveion, as well as aesthetic appeal, for her masks – an thought that appealed to Luna, who recruited Vos for assist with his project.

To start production of the masks, Luna turned to 3D turn it into and printing firm J-CAD Inc. The ten-year-old company newly began turn it intoing in virtual reality, that is what they did for Façade Urbane, translating Vos’ 2D creations into 3D models that they and so printed to turn it into press molds. (You can take a appear at a couple of the models here and here.)

kickstarter-crowdfunding-support-jcadusa“Tony provided the dimensions of every mask and we turn it intoed the press molds to the dimensions specifications,” J-CAD CEO Jason Vander Griendt tells us. “We requireed to offset the mold faces by 1mm to accommodate the material folding around the mold…These molds may be virtually not easy to make without 3D printing and if possible may cost a fortune.”

Whilst 3D printing greatly lowered the costs of production, the masks are yet really costly to create, that is why the Façade Urbane Kickstarter is attempting to raise $70,000 CAD (around $53,700 USD) by July 29. Physical rewards start at $50, that can get you a customized T-shirt turn it intoed by local Toronto artists. For a pledge of $110, backers can obtain a pack of sactually disposable polypropylene masks with the origami turn it into, while $175 can get you a white or gold reusable origami mask. Higher contribution amounts can earn you things like multiple creations, bespoke creations, and actually an invitation to the official commence party. (All amounts are in Canadian dollars.)

The project is already in the prototyping stages, and the initially release can be limited until sufficient funds are raised to start making the most varied creations that the company has come up with. These include extra
harsh origami creations, as well as form-fitting masks without origami tessellations, for a “business professional” appear. Designer Michel Karkar of Michel’s Bespoke in addition contributed creations for easier, customized versions.

“We believe now is the time for a thing dramatically various when it comes to the turn it into of a face mask as we already understand them,” says Luna. “That is when we decided to bring an array of high style face masks with a one-of-a-kind turn it into unlike any other, that can match every personality’s style…Façade Urbane was born not just to commence a product, but in addition become a movement. We aim to topple perspectives and draw attention to the one-of-a-kind requirements of urban life…Alyet not everybody is afflicted by the same compulsion to wear a face mask, we wanted to use style to raise awareness to the individual necessities and to get onappearers pondering.”

Do you require one of these masks? Discuss additional in the 3D Printed Air Quality Masks forum over at 3DPB.com.