Canadian Boy Scout Designs 3D Ear Guards To Help Medical Workers

These hard times for the entire humankind point out the importance of unity and discipline. While most people are locked inside their homes, following the social-distancing guidelines, many others are out there in the front line, struggling to help the infected patients recover.

These modern heroes do not wear capes, but three to four layers of protective gear that often leaves marks on their skin. The medical staff at the hospitals are working hard to save as many lives as possible, so a 13-year-old boy decided to step in and help them instead.

When a Canadian hospital called for help for their employees going through pain, a boy scout, Quinn Callander, decided to use his 3D printing skills and design 3D ear guards.

His creation does not allow the security straps of the masks cut into the skin around the ears. The guards connect the straps, elevate them to the back of the head, and they do not rub the backs of the ears.

Moreover, they are also adjustable, so one can place them to fit comfortably. Quinn even shared the design publicly so others can download it from the open-source 3D printing community Thingiverse and craft ear guards.

Quinn’s mother shared photos of them on Facebook and the post has gone viral, with over 462K shares.

She wrote:

“Quinn answered a request from the local hospitals for help with creating more ‘ear guards’ to help take the pressure off health care workers ears from wearing masks all day. He got busy on his 3D printer and has been turning out dozens of ear guards to donate.”

One Facebook user wrote:

 “As someone who works in healthcare I can say that this is fantastic! When we wear them constantly all day everyday, they actually start to cut into the back of our ears.”

In only a week, this little hero explained that he managed to make 1300 guards, and he personally delivered 1215 of them to several local hospitals, “where they seem to be really appreciated.”

He even teamed up with a Vancouver BC volunteer organization to deliver more than 3300 straps.

His mother, Heather, encouraged everyone to follow the instructions, and donate the ear guards to hospitals:

“We need more volunteers to fire up their 3D printers and donate these ear guards to hospitals and medical professionals!”

The superb idea of the boy alleviated much of the skin damage and head pressure the local medical staff experienced. With such humane, sharp, and initiative children, the future looks much brighter, doesn’t it?