Hybrid Masks

TEST - This Hybrid Mask is Easy to Make and Helps Prevent Disease Spread

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A team of student entrepreneurs at Georgia Tech has developed a do-it-yourself hybrid mask and face shield to help people stay safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Using household items, the DIY mask/face shield can be made in 30 minutes or less and requires no 3D printing.

According to Tillson Galloway, a second-year computer science student and one of the creators, the hybrid mask/face shield is designed to be comfortable, convenient, and protect against micro-particles.

“Medical studies indicate that people touch their faces an average of 23 times an hour, which is one of the leading causes of infection. But, there is a shortage of medical-grade masks and most of DIY masks people are using are uncomfortable, ill-fitting, and provide a false sense of security,” said Galloway, who is from Charleston, South Carolina.

“Our hybrid approach prevents people from inadvertently touching their faces because it fully covers the face.”

Dubbed ‘Project FREE: Face Masks Reducing Exposure for Everyone’ by the developers, the hybrid DIY mask/face shield is made using a baseball cap, a jacket zipper, a cotton blend t-shirt, and a clear plastic book cover.


Tools needed for the project include:

• Scissors
• Stapler
• Needle and thread
• Marker
• Ruler


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