truly personalized Respiratory Devices via 3d scanning and printing
WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
Do you ever wake up gasping, or feeling short of breath? You may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a serious disorder where your airways close during sleep. "Apnea events," in which the soft tissue at the back of your throat relaxes and does not allow air to pass through, can interrupt your sleep hundreds of times per night, depriving your body of vital oxygen and rest. In addition to chronic fatigue, OSA can lead to anxiety, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart failure, stroke and even early death.
The only truly effective long-term treatment for OSA is CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure - in which the patient wears a respiratory mask throughout the night. CPAP works by providing a constant gentle airflow, ensuring that the passage of air is never constricted. In spite of its effectiveness, CPAP remains an unpopular treatment.
All CPAP masks on the market today come in standard sizes -- small, medium, large and extra large -- but no two human faces are the same. In fact, every person's nose is asymetrical. And thus, most masks don't fit well.
This makes current CPAP masks uncomfortable, which causes bruising, leaves marks on the face, and makes the masks prone to leaking. IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT ALMOST 50% OF NEW CPAP USERS QUIT IN THE FIRST YEAR OF TRYING THE THERAPY.
Every human face is different... Shouldn't every CPAP mask be custom?
For CPAP therapy to be truly effective, your mask has to be as individual as you are. Metamason Respere is a light, subtle, and secure CPAP mask individually designed just for you. Based on a virtual scan of your face and 3D printed in soft medical grade silicone, Respere offers comfort, flexibility and a flawless fit.
The air intake port on the front of the mask is automatically adjusted to ensure optimal fit and comfort as well as optimize air-flow into nose.
NASAL FITTING ADJUSTMENT
Our software can determine every patient's unique nasal topography giving each mask a perfect seal and eliminating irritation to the nose and face.
Using scan data, our software configures every patient's mask to optimize strap placement. This means hassle-free fittings and less strap tension.
The mask smoothly follows the contours of the nose, accounting for the patient’s individual bridge-shape. This allows our mask to sit flush with the face, whatever your preferred sleeping position.
Our software can easily generate distinct strap and hose fittings, allowing seamless backwards-compatibility with your preferred accessories, straps, and hoses.
The height and width of the strap can be manipulated to allow the strap connections to rest at whatever spot is most comfortable to you.
Our Metamason app easily walks the user through the mask creation process. In a step by step process, the interface guides the user through all the customization options available and ensures a perfect fit. The Metamason app will incorporate the scanning process and hardware support needed to get a quality 3d scan for mask creation. After the mask is made, all the manufacturing files are instantly created and sent securely to 3D printers for production.
With your doctor's assistance, take a digital scan of your face and upload it to the Metamason cloud.
Metamason's platform automatically engineers a flawless fit by applying your unique data to our sleek, ergonomic mask design.
Using our innovative production process, we use 3D printers to create your Respere mask out of soft, biocompatible silicone and ship it straight to your door. It's that simple.
THE METAMASON TEAM
DIRECTOR OF OPS/REGS
CONSULTANTS AND ADVISORS
CPAP TECH. SPECIALIST
"This is certainly a company we'll be keeping an eye on-with a big win here at Inside 3D Printing, and [with] a presentation that almost made me wish I needed a CPAP machine myself,
Metamason surely has a future full of potential ahead."
"Picture an app that runs on a tablet or laptop with a 3D scanner attached taking digital renderings of everyday objects, customizing the design of the object to fit a particular user,
and then outsourcing the printing to a manufacturer."
"Being able to scan your own face and easily print a mask, customized for you, could mean that thousands of apnea suffers who are currently not using their CPAP machines could have a way back.
And the newly diagnosed might be more likely to stick with the prescribed treatment of the CPAP machine. It's one simple solution that could have a significant impact on the health of many."
"Metamason, a Southern California start-up that is part of The Design Accelerator project in Pasadena California, began with a research problem to inform their product offering and market:
How to improve the dismal fifty percent compliance rate of masks to treat sleep apnea. In addition to helping design the right service for customers, this research begins to inform who is a target customer...
and more importantly, who is not."
"As millions of Americans with Obstructive Sleep Apnea struggle to get a good night's sleep, one company has harnessed 3D technology to revolutionize CPAP therapy..."
"While CPAP therapy has been shown to be the most effective long-term treatment for the condition, clearly driven comfort and aesthetic issues it has one of the highest quit rates of almost any medical therapy.
Metamason, a 3D printing startup in Pasadena believes that the effectiveness of many medical products can be dramatically increased with a customized fit for each patient."
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Will Respere really be that much better than existing CPAP interfaces?
All currently available CPAP masks made for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) come in standard sizes, but everyone’s face is different. Having a 3D-printed CPAP interface that is based on a scanned image of your face will mean a custom mask made just for you! We believe that this will not only make Respere more comfortable than anything on the market today, but it is also designed to help alleviate many of the complaints that we hear about most CPAP interfaces – abrasion, leakage, decoupling, and strap marks.
When will Respere be available to the general public?
Metamason is glad that you’re excited to see Respere come to market! We are currently in the middle of the application process with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and we anticipate receiving approval from the FDA in early 2017. Once it’s approved, you’ll be able to purchase your Respere from participating sleep physicians.
Will there be an opportunity to try out a Respere interface before it hits the market?
Be on the lookout for our forthcoming crowd-funding campaign in the Spring 2016 during which you’ll be able to buy a voucher to pre-order a Respere (if you have a prescription, of course). We will be sure to keep this page updated as the exact dates are set. We will also be running clinical trials throughout the 2016 calendar year; please email us if you’d like to be included on the list of potential clinical trial volunteers.
Will you be releasing a full-face version of Respere and/or other interface styles?
The first Respere model we’ll be releasing is the nasal pillow, which is the most successful interface for most people with OSA. We do plan to offer several versions to Respere, including a full-face model, so that each patient can choose the best Respere for him or her. It is worth noting that each version will require FDA approval, and so the roll-out for the forthcoming versions will happen once the Respere nasal pillow is on the market.
Will Respere be available outside of the United States?
OSA affects large portions of the population regardless of their residence. Our goal is to ensure as many people as possible have access to Respere as soon as possible. The fastest way to do that is to release in America first, and then move it through the regulatory agencies of the rest of the world soon thereafter.
Will you allow interested patients or doctors the chance to ‘beta test’ Respere while it is still in development?
Other than during sanctioned clinical trials, while Respere is moving through the FDA approval process, we are unfortunately not permitted to pre-release versions of Respere to the public. That said, if you or someone you love would benefit from Respere, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add their email to our list of interested potential patients.