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With a donation of 120 sheets sets from West Elm, Designtex set out to prototype cotton face masks with
materials on hand in their Portland, Maine, manufacturing facility. Photos: Designtex.

commercial embroidery equipment
and the commitment to quality from
their organization," says Pelican
Wire business development manager
John Niggle. "When the opportunity
arose to send some wire to ZSK to be
used in creating a 'shapeable' mask,
we jumped at the opportunity. It's a
privilege working with a company that
puts such precision and care in their
products and their people."
With a donation of 400-thread-count
organic cotton sheets from furniture
and home retailer West Elm, design
firm Designtex set out to produce
13,000 face masks at its surface imaging
facility in Portland, Maine. Each mask is
made using two layers of organic cotton.
With rotary style cutting on Designtex's
Zund G3 platform, production is quick,
cutting close to 60 half-mask pieces in
four minutes. Half-mask shapes are
seamed to become full masks, and a
sliding cord allows for fastening and an
adjustable fit. When cord procurement
presented an obstacle, Designtex slit
its own strong and soft microfiber tie
for safe and reliable fastening. The
company is capable of producing
300 masks per shift.

Pelican Wire, ZSK Technical Embroidery Systems and BendShape partnered to produce
a shapable face mask for front-line health-care workers. Photo: Pelican Wire.

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