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Old 04-09-2020, 10:51 PM
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Default Put that 3D printer in your airplane shop to good use for medical personnel

A little off topic possibly, but we can put our aviation design tools to good use right now, so I think it's worth the post.

Some of us have 3D printers available to us - or even sitting idle in our shops. If yours is sitting idle right now, consider this a challenge to go grab this simple printable project and make surgical mask straps for your local hospital personnel. These 3D printed ear guards help relieve some of the discomfort that wearing face masks all day can cause.

This idea comes via Hudson Wiliams, a young man in Alabama who's making them in his hometown for people working the hospitals there - including his mom. He's recruited some friends to print them as well. If he joins VAF (and he should, since he just finished building a Van's sign kit and will one day - I'm pretty confident - build an RV), then hopefully he will chime in and maybe add a photo/thought or two.

We can pile onto his idea here, and help spread even more of the good.

You should be able to print several of these at a time on a typical home 3D printer! Drop them off for your local hospital.



https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4271025

UPDATE from the thread below: Community members getting creative! If you want to print a Van's logo ear-guard band for your local medical heroes, check this link to download the files for your 3D printer. Customized with the logo by BobbyLucas:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4276268

Here's what it looks like - this one churned out by AX-O on his printer:


And an updated band design, as well:
https://github.com/bccovid-19/printf...small_V004.STL

In this together -- 3D printing style.
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Old 04-09-2020, 11:42 PM
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I'll try these. How do they work?

edit: I think I may understand. It's supposed to fit around the back of the head and grab the mask elastic bands. Correct?
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Old 04-09-2020, 11:59 PM
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I'll try these. How do they work?

edit: I think I may understand. It's supposed to fit around the back of the head and grab the mask elastic bands. Correct?
Yes - exactly.
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Old 04-10-2020, 12:04 AM
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printing now

edit: confirmed, this is a good design and will work.

they are on the plates and will begin delivery tomorrow.

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Old 04-10-2020, 06:14 AM
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I've been waiting for a reason to buy a 3D printer and maybe this is it. What model do you recommend that does the job and isn't too expensive since I'm pretty much only going to use it for this for the foreseeable future? Must be easy to understand how to make it work, with instructions in English ! Links would be the best.
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Old 04-10-2020, 06:24 AM
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I recently purchased a Creality CR-10V2 and it is amazing. Wickedly good bang for your buck. Easy to use (it was my first printer) and has a large working volume (12x12x16?). I did a bunch of research before settling on it, and it?s turning out every bit as good as I expected. I?m using it for making electrical enclosures and other prototype items for work. Sometimes have it running 35 hrs straight no issue. Only downside is that it doesn?t have and enclosure, so you have to make one yourself if you want to print ABS, but for most things like these medical parts, they print fine with PLA. I just got a spoil of PETG which has similar high temperature and durability properties of ABS but without the need for an enclosure and will try it tomorrow. It is also odor free like PLA. Apparently ABS smells like all **** when it?s printing and is not so good for you.
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Old 04-10-2020, 06:29 AM
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printing now

edit: confirmed, this is a good design and will work.

they are on the plates and will begin delivery tomorrow.
Very cool, Steve!
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Old 04-10-2020, 07:35 AM
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I'll give it a go for my nurse friends and sister! Should be the easiest thing I've ever printed.
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Old 04-10-2020, 09:05 AM
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These mask straps are among a few things that we have printed. I started with a face shield and my mom took that to the CEO of the hospital. The CEO took it to Auburn University?s (War Eagle!) engineering department and told them this is what the hospital wanted. That problem was solved. Another problem arose when the ICU nurses with small heads were complaining mask didn?t fit well and were very ineffective and uncomfortable. I started printing these mask straps and everyone in the ICU loves them. I know medical personnel across the country and even world are loving the community support.

Here are some more files including a face shield and mask:
Face shield: https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints...ield-rc2/files

Mask: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4259822
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:48 AM
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Here is a video done by Destin of the Smarter Every Day you-tube channel detailing the 3D printing efforts in AL.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbEj7M3aZIg
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