The neo-futuristic dust mask for children was created with best children’s interest in mind. The front part resembles a bat and superheroes from fairy tales. The mask is used for respiratory protection during creative activities (painting, polishing or gluing) and for everyday wear in areas with high air pollution. The best tool for creating a fully functional mask was the Sinterit Lisa printer, using SLS technology. This is due to features such as the ability to print permanent, targeted elements that could be treated and painted to create a final product, not just a prototype. In addition, it has the ability to print durable components (PA12 nylon) as well as flexible ones (TPU), making it possible to print both rigid sections of the mask and an anatomically adjustable section for the face.
With very complex projects, it is virtually impossible to avoid design issues and mistakes. However, Netfabb analyzes and detects problems, can repair meshes, and can, therefore, shorten the printing time even further. In the case of the “brifo,” Netfabb was used to properly prepare the design before printing. The software created internal lattices to slim-down the design with a complicated, organic structure. The latticing allowed for a lightweight model with no loss of functionality or durability.