3 Minutes With: 3D Printing Enthusiast Helps First Responders

When he was 12 years old, Tyler Kinemond took an interest in 3D printing. Now a sophomore at East Liverpool High School, he’s using what he’s learned about 3D printing to help his community.

Kinemond heard that the elastic bands on face masks irritate workers’ ears when they wear them for a prolonged period of time. He decided to 3D print a plastic mask strap that has notches to secure the elastic straps. The expansion band is worn behind the head to prevent discomfort.

He estimates he’s manufactured and donated over 500 straps to first responders, health care workers, and a nursing home in his community. “I’ve gotten so many thank you notes,” says Kinemond.

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