A call goes out for 3-D printer masks from Provo police

Mar 30, 2020, 12:19 PM
3-D printer mask...
A 3-D mask being printed by Provo Police

PROVO – It all started in Billings, Montana where Dr. Dusty Richardson created a blueprint for 3-D protective masks and giving the blueprint away for free.

Now, the Provo Fire Department has a limited supply of N-95 filters on hand.  They saw Dr. Richardson’s post and knew they could cut up one N-95 Respirator filter into 5-smaller filters to fit inside those plastic 3-D masks.

Provo police Lt. Nisha King said that’s when they were approached by the fire department. The police department has a 3-D printer used to print plastic knives and ordinances for training purposes.

King said the Fire chief agreed to donate some of their N-95 respirators if Provo police printed the masks.  But, it takes two-and-a-half hours to 3-D print one mask and they have 115-officers to protect.  So, the call went out of Facebook asking anyone with a 3-D printer to help them out.


Both Provo City Police and Fire Departments want to get enough masks to provide protection from COVID-19 to all police in Utah County.  That’s a total of 550-officers from all the cities and university police departments. And that will take a lot more resources.

Provo police posted a picture of some gold and silver masks donated by Brett Wells.  Wells thanked everyone who donated money to help him buy plastic to print the 3-D masks.

Picture of gold and silver 3-D masks made by Brett Wells posted by Provo Police on their Facebook page


Since the call went out on March 27th, Lt. Kings said over 2-dozen masks arrived at the Provo City Police station. But, they’re hoping for more. The Provo Fire Department is working on getting more N-95 filters. Police are sterilizing the masks when they are dropped off at a designated location at the police station.

Kings said the police department wants to thank everyone willing to donate and help in a crisis.  She said it shows how well the community, both near and far, can come together.



Today’s Top Stories

COVID-19: Vaccine Watch

A sign reading "immunizations" hangs over a desk. COVID-19 vaccines Utah...
Samantha Herrera

Where to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider for children 5 and under in Utah

COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children as young as 6 months old, but where can you find a vaccine provider for your child in Utah?
14 days ago
A child is comforted after getting his COVID-19 vaccine....
Samantha Herrera

More COVID-19 vaccines ordered in Utah for children as young as 6 months

32,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older have been ordered by the Utah Department of Health and Human Services.
15 days ago
This combination of 2022 and 2020 file  photos shows logos for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

Marathon US hearings to decide fate of COVID shots for tots

On Wednesday, both Moderna and Pfizer will argue their case. Each company aims to offer a different dose and number of shots.
27 days ago
FILE - A vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. ...
LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press

New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns

At least 175 active duty and reserve service members have received the Novavax vaccine. Some have traveled overseas at their own expense to get it.
28 days ago
utah student achievement COVID-19...
Simone Seikaly

Utah student performance knocked down during COVID-19 restrictions

A review of multiple Utah student performance exams found "significant impacts" in mathematics achievement across grades.
1 month ago
COVID-19 vaccine...

Opponents of federal vaccine mandate seek rehearing

Mr. Biden issued an order Sept. 9 that more than 3.5 million federal executive branch workers undergo vaccination, with no option to get regularly tested.
2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
A call goes out for 3-D printer masks from Provo police