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New England Spahtens Co-Founder, Paul Jones, and his wife Bee have been working around the clock to create comfort “mask extenders” for healthcare workers on the front line battling Covid-19 and risking their lives every day to save others.

From Paul:
“I’m creating “ear savers” – 3D printed brackets, or clips, to hold the elastics of face masks off the ears of the person who is now having to wear them. Elastics rubbing against a nurse's ear for a 12h shift are incredibly uncomfortable, and this holds them away from the exposed skin, making them just a little more bearable.
They are being printed on a Prusa i3 Mk3s 3D printer in PLA filament. Each clip costs approximately 10c in raw filament costs, and a bed of 8 is a 2h print. With shipping, the ballpark cost for shipping 8 to a nurse to share with her colleagues is a little under $10. Some people are requesting 20, 50 or even 100 for wider distribution – and when printing 8 at a time, those larger requests take a while! Fortunately, I have two friends with printers who are able to pitch in and have also been printing and shipping to people in the queue.
“3D printing allows people to create solutions to problems. With the Covid-19 crisis, we had a lot of new problems without solutions. Many 3D printer owners have been focusing on masks or face shields, which both require additional tooling or materials I just didn’t have access to or time to get – so I looked for something I could print in its entirety, and this 3D model felt like a good solution – I now have requests for well over 600 of them, with 300 already delivered, and more come in daily. It’s the least I can do for anyone who is exposing themselves to this virus in an effort to keep us safe, or who are particularly vulnerable to it.”
While some people have offered to help cover their, or other people’s shipping costs, there is NO CHARGE for these. If I somehow end up with more donations than I spent shipping, I will be donating the extra to my favorite dog rescue – (where I got my dog, and happen to volunteer covering their IT / social media needs).

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