Skip to Content

West Frankfort teen uses 3D printing to help health care workers

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

WEST FRANKFORT (WSIL) -- A family in West Frankfort has created a way to give medical professionals some comfort while wearing facemasks.

Inspired by a Boy Scout on Facebook, Adin Woods began using his 3D-printing skills to make "ear savers."

The ear saver wraps around the string of the facemask to relieve tension behind your ears.

"There's no one in our area with printers that's doing it, so I decided to fire up my two printers and get it going," he said.

Woods, a senior at Frankfort Community High School, has already delivered 300 ear savers to hospitals.

"We've hit a lot of local facilities - Marion pediatric, SIH. There's quite a few different areas, even hospitals out of Nashville, Tennessee. We've got Colorado and nursing homes out of Chicago as well," said Adin's father, Tim Woods.

Woods says the response from health care workers has been positive.

"A lot of people wanting them, 'cause, you know, they work hour shifts with the masks on, and it starts hurting their ears. So they've been pretty thankful for what 3D printing has brought for the community," he said.

He also encourages people to use their creative skills to help others during this time.

"I have loads of film and plenty of free time, I figure I'd help the community anyway I can."

To order an ear saver, click here.

If you want to make your own ear saver, click here.

Maya Skinner

Skip to content