Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese manufacturer Creality has zeroed in on producing 3D-printed buckles. Each unit has small bars on either side that is specifically designed to hold tight "the elastic taut behind the mask wearer's head." This does not only allow the face mask to be more securely fastened onto one's face, but it also relieves the painful pressure that can sometimes manifest behind the ears when wearing the protective piece of equipment for long periods of time.
Five 3D-printed buckles can be produced within one hour on a Creality Ender-3 3D printer. There are a total of 100 printers, working 10 hours a day, making for a total of 1,600 mask buckles. The product is intended to assist medical front-line workers who are currently helping to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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