Cloth Face Mask Supplies

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a monumental effort from around the world.  During the initial shelter-in-place order in March 2020, Intuitive Surgical employees volunteered with the Foundation, producing large quantities of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Along the way, the Intuitive Foundation developed sources for high quality materials and made specialized tooling to create sub-components for these items in high volume for low cost.

With the pandemic still affecting countries around the world, the Foundation would like to provide access to this tooling and quantities of these sub-components to charitable 501(c)(3) organizations manufacturing PPE for donation.

FACE MASK NOSE BANDS:  Flexible and formable wire nose bands for cotton masks allow the masks to conform to the bridge of the wearer’s nose to minimize movement and air leakage. These bands measure 3-3/4 inches long by 1/4 inch wide and consist of 2 parallel annealed steel wires embedded in plastic and can be formed and straightened hundreds of times without fatigue, are machine washable and dryable without damage.

Minimum quantity of 1000/box = 1000 masks.

FACE MASK CINCHES: The Foundation developed a custom cinch with a sewing loop for the creation of adjustable mask ear loops. These cinches work with both ¼ inch and 3/8 inch flat for a custom fit that keeps the mask snug without pulling on the wearer’s ears.

Minimum quantity of 2000/box = 1000 masks.

ELASTIC: 1/4 inch wide by 9 inch long latex-free elastic that has been pre-cut with a hot knife to fuse the ends, preventing the unraveling of elastic.

Minimum quantity of 2000/box = 1000 masks.

The Foundation is working with a third party to manage production and sales at cost for organizations that are not 501(c)(3)s, but wish to purchase any of these materials.  This site will be updated with contact details when purchase by non-501(c)(3)s is available.

The completed cloth face mask (cloth not included nor available).

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Note: Order quantity of “1” would equal 1 box (1000 masks)

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