Using cotton-candy machines to produce N95-quality mask-filter material

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/12/03/using-cotton-candy-machines-to-produce-n95-quality-mask-filter-material.html

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I would strongly suggest using an N95 mask when employing a cotton-candy machine to whip up fine molten plastic fibers to make N95 masks.

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Cotton candy machines are a lot more practical than one might think:

Of course for the home it’s still one of those things that will most likely end up forgotten in the basement.

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Wasn’t there a BB article previously about making a homemade cotton candy machine out of nested cans and a drill?

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I assume it is not advised to make cotton candy after the machine has been used this way. Or at the same time. Mmm tasty plastic and sugar mask.

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Perfect for next year’s Halloween. 100% cotton candy N95 masks that you can eat…

Or maybe Valentine’s Day. Ooooooh, edible PPE. So sexy… :thinking:

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Maheshi Bandi needs to meet Project Global’s Arnauld and Ariana Martinez.

Teens combat the coronavirus

When COVID-19 cases started filling up hospitals back in March, communities across the country were worried about the sudden spread of a disease few people seemed to be prepared for. Despite the unknown, Costco members Arnold and Hema Martinez’s high-school-age children, Arnauld and Ariana, decided to try to help their Southern California community, Hemet, in any way they could. After talking to a doctor, the duo discovered there was a severe shortage of face shields, which help deflect the virus. So, they got to work.

“Being captains of a FIRST Tech Challenge team, a robotics after-school program (first inspires.org), we knew we could easily use a 3D printer to make face shields. After discussing the plan with our school’s vice principal back in May, he let us borrow two printers, even though schools were shut down," Arnauld explains. "In the past five months, we’ve donated over 5,500 face shields to several local hospitals, various senior care facilities, doctors, respiratory therapists, optometrists, veterinarians, school districts and even a few Costcos.”

The prices of filament and plastic are rising due to the pandemic, so the siblings started a GoFundMe page (gofundme.com/f/shielding-medical-personnel) to help cover the costs, all of which is going back into making these personal protective devices. “The joy we see in people’s faces when they receive our donations is the fuel that motivates us to continue making them,” says Arnauld.

It’s like cotton candy, but for fish!

#microplastics

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Dear fluffy lord! The smell must be something awful.

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Don’t forget to carry your “common air ionizer” everywhere you go as the electrostatic protection will wear off after a few minutes.

One year into the pandemic, and we’re still relying on artisanal solutions for facemasks.

This is not capitalism’s finest hour.

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