Makers community comes together to 3D-print ‘ear savers’ for COVID-19 healthcare workers

Volunteers from SG Makers Against COVID-19 with their 3D printers at home. (Photo: SG Makers Against COVID-19) 


Mr Tay, a SUTD graduate gathered three other SUTD alumni and started a Facebook group called SG Makers Against COVID-19. They posted in other community groups calling for makers who own 3D printers at home and would like to volunteer to produce ear guards.

As of last weekend, the group had grown to about 100 makers – extending beyond SUTD students and graduates – ready to provide their hands and tools for service.

Its motto? To produce items and solutions that will help the fight against COVID-19.

While the volunteers are ready to start up their machines, the group is still reaching out to local hospitals to determine the demand for the ear guard. Ms Lee Siew Yian, who is in charge of liasing with hospitals, said that several of them have expressed interest and the group has already sent samples over.

For now, SingHealth has agreed to receive the donations after testing the samples and they are “very appreciative” of the efforts.

“These innovative ear guards can help tighten face masks, and reduce some of the pain behind one’s ears that may arise from prolonged periods of wearing face masks,” said Mr Tan Jack Thian, Group Chief Operating Officer of SingHealth.

“As we continue in our fight against COVID-19, we hope that this will help make the long hours of mask-wearing more comfortable for our healthcare professionals.”


Source: Channel News Asia

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