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Automatic Mask Release


Metro Makeathon




Austin’s parents would like a solution to quickly release his BiPAP ventilator mask. Austin uses a BiPAP ventilator mask which covers his nose and mouth to support his breathing while he sleeps. He requires assistance taking the mask on and off. This becomes problematic when there is a buildup of liquid in the mask which can cause choking. Currently, Austin requires constant monitoring throughout the night.


Team Austin designed a mask release system for his BiPAP ventilator. Liquid sensors were attached to his existing mask and custom 3D printed latches were attached to the straps. When liquid enters the mask, a spring-loaded mechanism is triggered and the latches are opened, causing the mask to release from Austin’s face.

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All digital product files on this page are provided as conceptual designs and were developed by volunteers through a TOM: Melbourne event or program.
The design file is provided in the interest of sharing ideas and promoting collaboration. The design as described in the document(s) has not been tested or assessed for safety. Please do not attempt to use any device built using these instructions without first seeking appropriate professional advice on the safety and suitability of the device for your personal situation. 
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