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We're Open Colorado: ActivArmor works to create custom medical masks

Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 10:49:45-04

PUEBLO — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.

In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.

Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.

This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.

This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.

With that in mind tonight we're looking at ActivArmor, known for their work in 3-D imaging and printing of casts and splints are working to provide custom scanned and printed masks to help everyone stay safe.

Processes at ActivArmor have changed. Normally experts in 3-D body imaging and exoskeletons, the organization is answering a need by adding custom face masks to their lineup.

"If we did a 3-D body scan and scanned the face and created a mask that was custom fit to you, then it would allow for improved sealability around the face, and that would provide a safer mask for people," said ActivArmor founder Diana Hall.

The masks are being rolled out across the country, as well as at home in Pueblo.

"We are really about helping people and improving people's quality of life, and in this case potentially even saving their lives which is even better," Hall said.

She also said it's improved ActivArmor's mission.

"I mean, preventative medicine is the best medicine," Hall said. "I mean, if you can stay safe in teh first place then you don't have to put a Band-aid on it."

Already serving hospital workers, now the company is working to scan and prep masks for Pueblo's fire and police departments, and for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

"I really think it's just about all of us in the community just getting together and figuring out, 'what are my skills and expertise, and how can I help and how can I fit into this puzzle of a network that can then work from the bottom up?' type of change across the country and in our community."