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Improved Surgical Mask Strap Ear Saver

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New surgical mask strap design that improves the material efficiency by 57%, comfort, function, and prevents from cutting into the back of doctors and nurses ears when wearing a mask for long periods of time.

Improved design prints in one-third of the time, and could fit at least twice as many on the print bed than the previous mask strap adjuster.

Surgical masks aren’t meant to be worn for extended periods of time, day after day. During the current pandemic, NHS staff found the elastic was cutting into their ears and making them sore and uncomfortable.

Working with the National 3D Printing Society, we improved upon an existing design for a grip which was a great concept but had some issues that were highlighted by NHS staff across the East Midlands.

The previous design snagged on hair and was difficult to put on and take off many times throughout the day without touching the mask – a big no for contamination.

Feedback from NHS staff was that it snagged far less in the hair than the previous design. One side of the elastic is hooked onto the grip before putting the mask on - by only needing to touch the grip and one side of the mask elastic, it reduces the risk of contamination and makes putting it on far easier.

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  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • N3DPS_Surgical_Mask_Grip.STL

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  • Last update: 2020-09-16 at 16:28
  • Publication date: 2020-05-11 at 12:29





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