After shutting down one of Hollywood’s oldest special effect warehouses, a SFX-insider uses 3D printers to create reusable face masks during the worldwide pandemic.

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Like most people during the early days of the pandemic, I was stuck at home scrambling to find out information about the deadly virus sweeping across the world. What I was really searching for was a little bit of hope — anything, anywhere. That’s when I stumbled on an incredible story much closer to home — right down the street from where I live. Using 3D printers, AJ Apone figured out a way to create thousands of reusable masks with HEPA grade filters, and was donating them to first responders. After reaching out to AJ and learning more about The Mask Initiative, it surprised me how much more there was to his story. That’s how ‘Aftermask’ was born.