Mastercam Making Burn Masks


We recently took a trip out to the Seattle area to visit some Mastercam customers. We met an amazing bunch of folks doing amazing things with Mastercam and we will spotlight each of them in this blog over the next couple of weeks. One of the most interesting stories during our trip involved the Burn Unit at the Seattle Bay View hospital where we met with Beth Costa, an Occupational Therapist. She explained the entire process of how burn masks were made in the past and how Mastercam and a 3D laser scanner have completely changed the process. No longer is it necessary to touch the patients’ burned skin. Now, using the laser and Mastercam, technicians are able to scan the patient’s face without ever touching them and then manipulate the shape of the mask in the software to perfectly conform to the patients’ face. What used to take a week can now be done in one day. As a matter of fact, the data for a baby’s mask came in the day we visited.


We watched Mastercam in action, followed by a trip to the shop to see the mask tool be cut.


It was only a matter of a couple of hours before the mask was being packaged and dropped off at FedEx to be sent to the hospital. It was amazing to learn how Mastercam can have such an impact on (in this case) a baby and give him or her the opportunity for a second chance at life. Please stay tuned to see a video of this story in the near future.

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