High Schooler Shines with 3D Printer

When Shayna Weinstein, a sophomore at Vernon Hills High School, received a 3D printer as a gift this past Hanukkah, little did she know that she would be making plastic mask clips with it during the Coronavirus pandemic. But she soon realized the need and jumped into action.

High Schooler Shines with 3D Printer

As people have lately experienced, many masks are held in by place by stretching the ear loops on the sides and “hooking” them onto the ears. However, the rubbing of the loops on the soft tissue can cause irritation after extended use. They can also be too loose and fall off for persons with smaller profiles. To avoid this, the clips work like “ear guards” attach masks’ ear loops  onto one of three notches that help customize the fit. The mask clip keeps the mask secured at the back of the head and allows the pressure of the mask to lie on the back of the head instead of the ears. The clips can be easily disinfected.

Shayna has made about 500 clips, donating 100 to Lieberman Center. She has also distributed them to local hospitals, nursing homes, first responders, and police departments.