A few days ago Copper 3D – a Chilean manufacturer of antibacterial filaments, released its own patent-pending version of the popular N95 mask called NanoHack, designed and optimized for 3D printing on amateur and hobby 3D printers. The model was made available for free download under an open-source license and the company launched the #HackThePandemic campaign, during which it propagated its mask and the DIY concept of creating medical aid accessories.
During first days of the campaign, the global 3D printing community reacted with enormous enthusiasm. Interest in the model was so great that on the second day of the action the servers on which the Copper 3D website was maintained could not withstand traffic and with over 500 users per minute – temporarily shutdown. At the same time, people 3D printed masks massively and began to raise several doubts about the design and method of assembly. There were a lot of questions about the filament grade – theoretically the best solution would be to use Copper 3D anti-bacterial Active PLA, but the design was ment to be universal and work with every filament available on the market.
Another doubt was the concept of the printed mask itself – everyone quite quickly “discovered” the obvious fact – the mask itself is useless without a filter, and their availability is the biggest problem. In other words – it’s just a half-measure and not necessarily the most important in the entire chain of health protection against the spread of coronavirus.
Copper 3D has published an official statement on this matter:
More and more initiatives began to appear in the world aimed at using additive technologies to create solutions to help treat coronavirus victims or prevent the spread of COVID-19. We covered all the most important of them:
The design of the door handle by Belgian Materialise and the protective mask by Josef Průša proved to be as easy to print as effective in fighting a pandemic. Nevertheless, the popularity of the NanoHack mask did not weaken and more and more people downloaded it. Unfortunately after they 3D printed it, they repeated the same concerns mentioned above.
Today Naomi “Sexy Cyborg” Wu – the YouTube celebrity, known for her barely dressed 3D printing and digital fabrication videos, posted short rant on Twitter, where she called Copper 3D effort “scam” and insinuated that the whole #HackThePandemic action serves only to promote their filaments (which she calls “magic unicorn”).
Naomi Wu is as fascinating as controversial figure. It cannot be denied that the initial source of her enormous Internet popularity was the insistent exposure of her body, which combined with the technical and DIY themes of her videos, made her quite original and unique. At the same time, her films are have great educational value and are very professionally edited. In the field of 3D printing and broadly defined digital fabrication, Naomi Wu can be seen as an expert – she has been running her channel on YouTube for many years and the vast majority of her subscribers watch it for the presented content, not image. She calls herself “China’s #1 Tech & DIY YouTuber” – if it’s true, the title is well deserved.
However calling Copper 3D “scammers” is a bold statement. I do not deny Naomi Wu the right to criticize this or that company, however, great popularity lies with great responsibility – including published words. Those who judge others can be judged themselves – it is even easier if they publish reports from their lives on an ongoing basis.
Anyway, Copper 3D published another statement (it wasn’t necessarily related to Naomi’s twitt…):
If for some reason you do not know who Naomi Wu is – you will find information about her in the article below. Please note, that this is not the first time she is caught up in a controversial situation.