There are 6 necessary steps to take in order to produce a useable burn mask for burn survivors to use after skin grafting procedures. Starting with 3D scanning the patients face, creating a mold for the mask, and then vacuum forming the Silon STS plastic around that mold for a precise fit.
Step 1 – Face Scan
The patient is scanned using a non-contact hand-held 3D laser scanner called the Artec Eva. As the patient is being 3D scanned, the scan data is aligning itself in the software program simultaneously.
Step 2 – Compile Scan Data
All of the 3D scan data retrieved from the patients scan will be aligned using a 3D scanning software. CimMed application engineers will complete all editing and touch ups of the 3D scans and then send the file to the designated contact for approval.
Step 3 – CNC Machine Facial Mold
Once the 3D model is finalized, CimMed uses a CNC Mill to machine the patients face into a special material made of foam which will be used as a mold to create the compression mask.
Step 4 – Vacuum Form Plastic to Mold
The facial mold is then placed into the vacuum forming unit to begin the plastic molding process. The type of plastic used is Silon STS, a medical grade plastic specifically approved for skin and face application.
Step 5 – Cut away excess plastic
After the mask has been made, the unnecessary plastic will be trimmed off to fit the patients face. All sharp edges will be softened to ensure a maximum amount of comfort.
Step 6 – Mask is Ready for Patient Use
Once the mask has been trimmed and prepared for patient use, CimMed then ships the mask to the provided address. There are a multitude of shipping options from overnight air to standard ground depending on preference.