Tampa company begins manufacturing respirators to help with Florida shortage

Tampa company begins manufacturing respirators to help with Florida shortage

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | April 07, 2020
TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa company is continuing to help with the COVID-19 response. On Tuesday, SynDaver announced it has begun shifting manufacturing resources to alleviate a massive shortage of respirator-type masks in the USA.

It all started a little over a week ago when SynDaver made their first prototype with a 3D printer, which SynDaver then offered for free online as a 3D printer template. The template essentially enables anyone with a 3D printer to make a safety respirator with commercially available filter materials. Immediately, the post received significant attention.

The company then began to investigate ways to expedite production and another post went up. Within an hour, thousands of masks had been ordered by local law enforcement agencies and emergency service providers across the state of Florida.

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"We're currently prioritizing orders for law enforcement, first responders, healthcare institutions and companies that have essential personnel interacting daily with the public, like grocery stores and gas stations," said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO of SynDaver. "We will be focusing purely on America first, when it comes to distribution. It's also important to note that every aspect of our respirator has been sourced and manufactured in the USA. All components, down to the raw materials, are from the USA and the respirator itself will be assembled here in Tampa."

The SynDaver respirator employs MERV 13 filtration media that has been shown to filter out virus-carrying particles and the mask is also compatible with filter cartridges produced by other manufacturers. However, at this point, neither the SynDaver respirator nor the filter it comes with have been tested or certified by any accrediting agency.

According to Sakezles, the company plans to produce one million masks, emphasizing that regardless of how many masks it produces, SynDaver will never price gouge nor sell to the highest bidder.

"We will be using traditional manufacturing methods to create these respirators," said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO & Founder of SynDaver. "Additionally, we designed a ventilator several years ago to work with our SynDaver Synthetic Human and we are looking into producing these as well."

The first version of the mask costs $35 per unit, and bulk pricing is available. The mask is compatible with common commercial filters for other respirators, which feature a bayonet fitting. Additional mask designs are planned.


About SynDaver
Headquartered in Tampa, SynDaver is the world's leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal models for medical education, training and surgical simulation. SynDaver's synthetic bodies mimic live tissue properties and are used by high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, medical device companies and the military for training, testing and validation. SynDaver has the world's largest database of live-tissue properties. Made from a proprietary formula of water, salts and fibers, the company holds 16 patents on their materials, processes and the related products. SynDaver has more than 100 employees at its facilities in the U.S. and is planning additional facilities in Europe, China, Brazil and India. SynDaver products have been lauded by industry experts and earned a cult following after appearances on ABC's Shark Tank, MythBusters, Grey's Anatomy and the series finale of CSI.

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