DUBAI: UAE-based social media influencer Soha Taha has created
face mask ear supports for frontline workers amid the coronavirus
The initiative follows images shared on social media of
healthcare workers experiencing skin irritation and bruises from
the extended wearing of face masks.
@ishaqs60 and I 3d printed Ears support for face masks to help
front line workers who wear masks for hours straight to relieve
their pain caused by face masks. If you need it or know someone who
does, please send me a msg with your address. Unfortunately iâ€™ll
only be able to provide it for residents of the UAE for now
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Soha Ø³Ù‡Ù‰ (@sohamt) on Apr 28, 2020 at 3:09am PDT
â€œWe got inspired by an article we read online of how to print
them at home if there is a 3D printer available,â€ Taha told Arab
News. â€œAnd since my husband already loves creating stuff with his
3D printer, we felt the need to contribute to all the heroes
working on the frontline and help ease their pain a little
It took the Egyptian fashion star, who boots over 702,000
Instagram followers, and her husband around a month to design
â€œthe most comfortable strap with the best material,â€ she
Taha gave credit to her husband, who is an IT engineer and has
been working with 3D printers for over three years, for the effort
he put into experimenting with the straps.
â€œBasically my husband does all the work. I only package it and
send it to anyone in need. Heâ€™s the one who tries different
materials, heâ€™s the one who came up with the design as well,
itâ€™s his thing.â€
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Soha Ø³Ù‡Ù‰ (@sohamt) on Feb 3, 2020 at 3:53am PST
To stay environmentally friendly, the duoâ€™s lightweight mask
straps are said to be 100 percent biodegradable.
Taha, who has so far made around 6,000 straps, said it takes
around 60 minutes to print seven pieces.
Despite the large number of mask supports they have already
produced, the couple felt the need to buy another 3D printer to
keep up with the orders they were receiving.
â€œThe first step is to design the piece weâ€™re making on
Autocad (the design and drafting software),â€ she said. â€œThen
you upload the design into a slicing software to prepare it for the
printer. We plug a flash drive, with the design on, into the
printer and start the process.â€
The challenge is calibrating the printer after every few prints
to make sure the pieces come out straight and in a great quality,
the 30-year-old entrepreneur added.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News
UAE-based influencer creates face mask straps for frontline