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Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Creality is making thousands of buckles that adapt face masks so they are less painful for medical workers treating coronavirus patients.

Small bars either side of the plastic buckle can hold the elastic taught behind the mask-wearers head, so that it doesn’t put painful pressure on their ears.

Face masks are a key part of protecting front line medical workers from contracting coronavirus, but wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for an extended period of time can be very uncomfortable for the wearer.

“Seeing that doctors and nurses in the reports were suffering great physical pain on face and ears caused by face masks, I started thinking about what could help them relieve some discomfort,” said Creality senior designer Guoliang Ji.

“By taking advantage of the 3D printing that I am good at, I want to offer medics some help.”

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