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Spark R&D Montana Mask Information Page

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spark R&D began producing injection-molded plastic parts for the Montana Mask. Spark R&D, a Bozeman, Montana based manufacturer of splitboard bindings and accessories, is in a unique position to rapidly help create these parts with in-house design, machining, and injection molding capabilities. 

Masks Delivered:

47,364

As of 11/24/2020

Order inquiries:

To all of you on the frontline - Thank you for all that you do. We are truly grateful.

We have worked day and night to produce these as quickly as possible and to get other machine and injection shops across the country up and running with mask production as well. Currently, Spark R&D has sufficient inventory of masks and filters and can ship orders right away. They are now available beyond the frontline to the general public as well.

Important Notes: The Montana Mask is not an FDA or NIOSH approved N95 replacement. These masks are intended for use past crisis capacity if there is no conventional PPE available. Please closely read the info available in this document and on makethemasks.com to decide if they are right for you.

 

Important Notes:

  • Mask Cost: Masks are $2 each and come without straps. Filter material can be purchased separately. 
  • Sizes: There are two mask sizes, small and large. Typical demand is around a 50/50 or 60/40 mix of sizes. The filter frames are the same for both sizes and are interchangeable.
    • Small Mask - Nose to chin measures 4.5 in / 115mm
    • Large Mask - Nose to chin measures 5 in / 128mm
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  • Mask materials: Spark R&D makes them out of an FDA compliant TPE material. Other shops may use other materials.
  • Sterilization: These masks can be put into an autoclave or otherwise wiped clean for sterilization.
  • Straps: Masks do not come with straps. You can do it yourself with a 36" piece of elastic and a cord lock.

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  • Filters: 
    • We have pre-cut KN95 filter material available for sale in 10 packs, for $2.50 each. 
    • We have instructions for using and reusing surgical or N95 masks and precut filtration material for use with Montana Masks. Follow the links or click on the graphics below. Reuse instructions as recommended by the CDC.
    • Video tutorial for modifying a surgical mask - https://youtu.be/EK2k8oBbRVY

Instructions:
*** Reuse instructions as recommended by the CDC.

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The Montana Mask Story

Background of the 3D Printed Mask

The Montana Mask was designed out of Billings, Montana by Dusty Richardson, MD, Spencer E. Zaugg, DMD, and Colton Zaugg in the wake of PPE shortages due to the COVID-19 crisis. It was designed to be an open-source, grassroots movement, where anyone can download the files and print the masks on a 3D printer. The idea is that anyone with access to a 3D printer could help to supply healthcare workers who were not able to secure conventional PPE. The story aired on CNN on March 23, 2020: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/23/us/coronavirus-3d-printed-medical-supplies-trnd/index.html

Since that time, the file has been downloaded in 148 countries and with the flurry of phonecalls and emails, it became abundantly clear that access to PPE worldwide is even more limited than anyone could have imagined.

The move to injection-molded Montana Masks

Will Ritter, co- owner of Spark R&D, heard of the CNN story and wanted to get involved. While Spark R&D does indeed have a 3D printer and would have been more than willing to join the printing efforts, Will reached out to Dr. Richardson with an idea. With the volume of masks needed and the short window before healthcare workers run out, injection-molding the masks would be a much more efficient and timely solution. 3D printing masks takes around 3 hours for one mask. Injection molding could be as quick as one every 45 seconds. Spark R&D could use the 3D files provided and re-design them for an injection molded mask. With in-house design, mold-making, machining, and injection molding capabilities a prototype was made in just four days and the final product was approved on day six, on March 31. The first 2400 masks were delivered to the Billings Clinic on April 4th.

More information about the mask https://www.makethemasks.com/

More about Spark R&D - https://www.sparkrandd.com/company/

Teton Gravity Research Mask Story - https://bit.ly/3b0JFEB

The Snowboarders' Journal - https://bit.ly/2VfqjpU

Billings Gazette Montana Mask Story https://bit.ly/39DTbMm

Bozeman Daily Chronicle Story - https://bit.ly/39S5N2H

Mask Related Photos - https://bit.ly/2UwRBaK

Real Talk Snowboarding Podcast - https://bit.ly/2YUTr8e

Media Inquiries:

  • Dan Ventura, Marketing Manager
  • E: Dan@sparkrandd.com 

For Manufacturers:

We are so grateful to have the support of designers and manufacturers all over Montana and beyond. This project has been a collaborative and open-source effort and the list of thank-yous is long.

If you are a manufacturer looking to get involved with the project, please contact will@sparkrandd.com

*** Please see the legal disclaimer below. 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The 3D printed mask & injection mold information presented here is intended to assist the general public during the current 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. Spark R&D is producing the identified mask in accordance with guidance issued by the FDA in April of 2020 entitled, “Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (Revised)." The use of the 3D printed & injection molded masks, including those designed, made, and sold by Spark R&D, 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, Colton Zaugg, Spark R&D or anyone associated with makethemasks.com, assume no liability and make no representations, warranties, or guarantees regarding the safety, efficacy, or appropriate use of these masks in any particular situation. Each facility should test each batch of masks prior to relying on them for protection. Use of the identified mask or any information presented on this website for any purpose is at the user’s own risk.

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