3D printing enthusiasts have entered the fight against COVID-19, is it actually helping?
Currently, it is popular for hobbyists to 3D print masks that falsely help protect against COVID-19. Some responsible designers have included great disclaimers when they share files online stating that these are only alternatives, don't offer full protection, and require other specific materials and care.
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"<<< DISCLAIMER >>>
This model has not been approved by any regulatory agency. Use it at your own risk, and only as a last resort, if you do not have any other homologated protection"
"does not include the required filter to effectively block the spread of the virus."
In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?
I wrote an article in a popular 3D printing file platform with a large audience bringing awareness to this topic, urging to stop spreading and popularizing false-claim products. I also spread this message on my social media.
In what ways did you share this information?
Through the own-submissions blog of MyMiniFactory.com (pending approval for publication), and on my own social media, of which I have an audience of 30.1K in Instagram.
What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?
Awareness that home-made or DIY "protective gear" is not proven to be safe and in fact can actually be detrimental to health. 3D printing does not equal high medical technology.
What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?
The 3D printing maker / hobbyist / enthusiast / professional community. This people are tech savvy to some degree, most are engineers. They are eager to help and showcase the benefits of 3D printing, but it may be misleading. Spreading of the same false claims is common, mostly unintentional.