Barrow in Phoenix developing masks to help fight COVID-19 outbreak

Apr 1, 2020, 11:00 AM | Updated: 2:12 pm

PHOENIX — The Barrow Innovation Center in Phoenix is working to develop N95-substitute masks and other equipment using a 3-D printer in an effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The lab says the masks can be worn for up to three months if all parts are sanitized properly between patients, according to a news release.

“We have a world class team of engineers who did a phenomenal job designing, prototyping, and testing numerous possible solutions to the N95 mask shortage,” team leader Dr. Michael Bohl said.

Bohl says the lab, founded and managed by Barrow neurosurgery residents, is working on finalizing the best prototype of the mask so enough can be manufactured.

Barrow is also sharing its design templates and instructions online so others can produce more of the equipment.

The Barrow Innovation Center isn’t the only Valley organization working to fight the virus by producing masks.

Honeywell International is adding 500 new jobs to its Phoenix aerospace facility to help manufacture N-95 face masks and other equipment, according to the city of Phoenix.

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Barrow in Phoenix developing masks to help fight COVID-19 outbreak