HackThePandemic was born in response to the tremendous shortage of masks that is being experienced throughout the world as a result of the current pandemic. The idea is not only to manufacture washable and reusable masks, but also to do it in a distributed manner throughout Chile with 3D printers and antimicrobial materials.
This project started as an alliance between Qactus, TOM Chile and Copper 3D. The latter had already developed the PLActive antimicrobial material, while the other two had the 3D printing experience to make the project a reality.
The first step was to design a mask that could be easily 3D printed, with the goal that anyone could make it at home.
First version of the NanoHack.
Along with this, the call for the makers of the country (and the world, that is why the video is in English) began to have as many 3D printers manufacturing this mask as soon as possible. In the first week, more than 1000 responses were obtained from independent people throughout the country who were willing to contribute with their machines to start production.
Call for makers worldwide to start the project
In this same period we had our first appearance on television (TVN). Here we presented HackThePandemic nationally and realized that an antimicrobial, reusable and washable mask was a great idea 💡
While this was happening, the NanoHack printable file was downloaded over a million times around the world. The madness was absolute and the impact was global.
The NanoHack was being printed in every corner of the planet🌏
Despite the uproar, it quickly became clear that the NanoHack had design flaws that made its mass production less than ideal. You had to go back to the desk and redesign it to improve adherence to the face, among other features, to be considered a finished product.
So it was then that we called on designers from all over the world to improve the mask. In record time we managed to reach a new version, 2.0, which was already very close to a definitive product.
The NanoHack 2.0 solved the problems that the first version had, especially when it came to tightness and fit to the face.
This version quickly began to be tested in national 3D printers with antimicrobial PLActive filament
From the beginning, the goal was for the mask to be reusable for an indefinite period, for which an interchangeable filter was needed to allow it. With the help of The Copper Company, filters were developed with the addition of copper nanoparticles, the same that gives PLActive its antimicrobial properties.
Together with the mask, its filters were developed, which also have antimicrobial action thanks to the copper nanoparticles
At this point there were only a couple of modifications to be made to get to the NanoHack 2.2, which is the one that officially went on sale and has been a success since then.
NanoHack version 2.2 (current)