This project began as an unusual alliance of university and healthcare faculty, staff, and practitioners, local business owners and public benefit 3D printing enthusiasts. It continues as a volunteer collaboration bridging the medical, academic, and industrial communities of Buffalo, NY with the e-NABLE online community of digital humanitarian volunteers across the world.
Meetings began on March 27th, 2020, several days after the stay at home order was put into effect for New York State and non-essential businesses were closed. As conditions evolved, our group has continued to meet (at times several times a day) to further our efforts in providing needed equipment in our region and beyond.
The BEmask Team is a collaboration between the e-NABLE community and medical, academic, and industrial communities of Buffalo and upstate New York. BEmask project designs are open source and available for anyone to use or modify provided that attribution is given. We are also locally manufacturing BEclear masks for distribution to deaf and signing communities.
Members of the team come from local hospitals, universities, and industrial manufacturing. Contributors include engineers, IT analysts, researchers, designers, health and safety administrators, and clinicians from immunopathology, biomedical informatics, destristy, orthology and anatomy. Specialists in 3D printing from across the world have also joined the cause to offer insights and learn from our model.
We highlight some of the more prominent contributors, and acknowledge many others.
James O. Whitlock
Computing and Information Technology University at Buffalo
Masters in Biology University at Buffalo
Project Leader of Buffalo 3D PPE
CEO PVS Process Equipment, Inc.
Biomedical Engineering Student Intern University at Buffalo