3-D printing is changing medical technology

Metamason creates personalized, 3-D printed silicon medical devices to treat sleep apnea.



I'm Leslie Oliver Karpas.

I am the CEO and founder of Metamason, creating personalized medical devices in the form of CPAP masks to treat obstructive sleep apnea using a method for 3-D printing silicone that we developed.

So, I started 3-D modeling when I was about 12 years old.

I was a child prodigy at it and ended up interning for architecture firms when I was in high school.

My career kind of took me through a world of robotics and digital manufacturing while, at the same time, my family background's in medicine.

So I kind of had this legacy for what was going to be my innovation in healthcare.

We have created the world's first custom 3-D-printed silicone CPAP mask that's custom-fit to my face.

And to do it, we used this 3-D scanner, which is a structure.io by Occipital.

And so that takes a super-high-resolution scan of the face.

And then that enables us to print this guy.

This is a eggshell mold printed by 3-D systems.

That gets filled with silicone, thrown into an oven.

The silicone catalyzes.

And what you're left with is an unmoldable geometry that is medical-grade silicone.

Metamason's goal is not just to be a CPAP mask company but to be a custom elastomeric products company.

So our algorithms can take a 3-D scan of the body and generate different custom shapes that would fit themselves to it.

We also envision doing things like football pads, grips for sports equipment, then getting into, you know, apparel, like, anything, like, from a bra to a better pair of SPANX, to, you know, anything that needs to be elastic and formfitting and functional.

So it's really a blend of, I guess, the cutting edges of our space.