3D printed ear savers used by food bank volunteers

Anne Riley (Kai Avondale coordinator) and Gin Johnstone (TAP Lab technician and Free Guys volunteer)

‘Free Guys’ under normal circumstances is a “take what you need, pay what you can” social supermarket where shoppers can access rescued and donated kai and products once a week.

However due to current regulations and need to protect vulnerable members of the community; the team of volunteers work all day in the rain or sun to pack over 100 grocery parcels for Avondale locals. Wearing a face mask all day is uncomfortable at the best of times, so we found an ear-saving device that can be easily 3D printed, provided free by user Georgeo_3D on the Thingiverse website.

The 3D printed ‘ear saver’ goes behind your head and hooks into your face mask’s ear straps to take the pressure off the back of your ears.

Kai Avondale coordinator Anne Riley was delighted to try them out and hopes they will bring relief to many more ears like hers.

If you’d like to help in some way, please get in touch with Free Guys through: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaiavondale

Adjustable ear saver:

3D printed ear saver in action