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Billings doctor finds inventive way to help with shortage of medical masks

3D Printable Masks

3D Mask Files

*For additional information on how to help Billings Clinic with supplies and printing, please email maskprinting@billingsclinic.org or call (406) 435-MASK (435-6275).

Read Dr. Richardson's story of how the mask went from idea to reality.

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Help with Personal Protective Equipment for Staff and Patients

One of the challenges health care providers are experiencing across the nation is a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks. These devices are essential to keeping our staff, our patients and our communities safe.

Montana 3D Mask

To bolster the limited supply of PPE masks, Billings Clinic Neurosurgeon, Dusty Richardson, MD, in collaboration with Billings-area dentist Spencer Zaugg, DDS and his son Colton, have tapped into their ingenuity to create durable, reusable plastic masks using 3D printer technology.

Our next effort is to activate every 3D printer in our community to produce these masks. Billings Public Schools, Rocky Mountain College, and Montana State University-Billings have all offered to help. We are asking others in our community with access to 3D printers and related supplies to assist in this effort.

Financial support is needed to fund this effort. The Billings Clinic Foundation invites you to support the production of these masks and other needs by contributing to our Innovation Fund. Donations can be made online or by contacting Amberly Pahut at apahut@billingsclinic.org or (406)657-4679.

To assist the health care community locally and nation-wide with similar efforts, information on the mask design, including specifications for this particular mask design is posted online on the makethemasks.com website. For additional information on how to help Billings Clinic with supplies and printing, please email maskprinting@billingsclinic.org or call (406) 435-MASK (435-6275).

Cloth Masks for Our Patients and Guests

Billings Clinic is asking for donations of cloth masks from the sewing community to distribute to patients and guests who come to their facilities for care. 360- Office Solutions has generously offered to serve as the drop off location for cloth masks in Billings at 3676 Pierce Pkwy or at their locations around the state. We will take care of laundering the masks before distributing to patients and guests. They are only able to collect completed masks, not mask materials, so they are asking that sewers please use their own equipment and fabric.

Several groups including the Mask Crusaders of B-Town, a local Facebook sewing group, and church communities have already come forward with offers to help.

Directions for sewing a mask have been provided from members of Mask Crusaders of B-Town.

Questions about cloth masks can be directed to foundation@billingsclinic.org.

Billings Clinic is continuing to address the COVID-19 crisis and work to keep our patients safe. Please click here for information.

*The 3D printed mask information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current a global pandemic related to COVID-19 and the related nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment. Please be aware that this mask design is not intended to replace standard protective equipment such as N-95 masks or surgical masks when that equipment is available. The use of these 3D printed masks has not been fully tested and has not been approved by federal or state authorities. Billings Clinic, Marlin D. Richardson, M.D., Spencer Zaugg, DDS, and Colton Zaugg make no representations or guarantees regarding the safety, efficacy, or appropriate use of these masks in any particular situation. Use of this information for any purpose is at the maker’s and user’s own risk.

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