Using 3D printers in fight against COVID-19

Staff at Singleton Public Library have answered the call from local doctors, harnessing cutting-edge printing technology to create bands to help make wearing face masks more comfortable for healthcare workers in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utilising the Library’s 3D printer that was a vital part of the creation of the LABrary, Council staff have “printed” and donated more than 50 ear guards – a piece of plastic that stretches across the back of the head and secures the two mask straps, alleviating pressure on ears.

“This crisis has strengthened Singleton Council’s purpose and encouraged us to think outside the square in the delivery of services in this new era of social distancing and isolation,” said Anthony Egan, Council’s Director Business and Community Services.

“We are really pleased to be able to provide this service to our local frontline health staff.” Mr Egan said Council was also working hard to support the community by continuing to provide essential services as normally as possible – in keeping with government advice and regulations – and the community was responding to new and innovative ways to connect with Council.

“A particular example is the Library’s first home delivery service. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of staff who continue to provide the services people need and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding in these extraordinary circumstances,” he said.

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