Local man using 3D printer to help with medical mask shortage

PITTSBURG, Kan. – A man from Pittsburg is using some of his downtime to help with the medical mask shortage.

Alan Kirby has been using a 3D printer to make the masks. He says he saw a post from the Billings Clinic in Montana saying there’s an urgent need for the masks. So he decided to try and tackle the shortage himself, but Kirby says others can easily help.

Kirby says “If anyone out there has access to a 3D printer, grab a little PLA filament, and grab the files, they’re free to download and just keep it running, you know, we can, maybe kinda help curb the supply and demand issue they have on these.”

So far Kirby says he’s made 16 of the masks and they take about three hours each to print.