Our 3-D printers and more importantly our volunteers need a break! A very well deserved break.
What began as a simple idea, grew into a great story of dedicated volunteerism, corporate partnership and a determination to support our front line workers in way that was unique and a great fit for our members and our friends.
The Alberta region is entering Phase 2 of the Covid-19 recovery plan. Given that the requests for the ear savers have significantly declined and many of our volunteers are being recalled back to their places of employment, we have decided to halt production of the ear savers.
We are very grateful to all the volunteers who pushed their hobby grade 3-D printers into commercial service and printed non-stop for weeks, our “runners” who delivered supplies, picked up and delivered ear savers all over the region and of course our sponsor Dow Canada, who provided us with the financial support we needed. You all made this possible!
I am fortunate and thankful that I was able to personally make several deliveries of the ear savers to the Hero’s on the Front Lines. It was humbling to receive the very genuine heart felt appreciation for these donations and there are no words for me to express to our volunteers, how much your efforts are making a difference.
What started out as a request to our team for ideas or suggestions for helping our community during this pandemic, has now grown into full time production of supplies to help our front line workers.
When we began back on March 28th, we and a few friends had four 3-D printers that we quickly put to work producing hand sanitizer bottle holders. Then came the request for the ear savers for the front line workers that have to wear surgical masks everyday and all day. The initial request was for 500. We decided to recruit more help. Then the orders kept coming…..
Today, with the help of our robotics friends Helios (FTC-5009), Cyber Flex (FTC-15254), as well as friends and colleagues from the area, we are now coordinating ear saver production from seventeen 3-D printers from across the region. Weekly production has exceeding more than 3000 units and we have supplied over 7000 ear savers to those on the front lines of this pandemic. To top it off, these are being supplied free of charge thanks to the very generous support of Dow Canada who has provided funding for our materials . Thank You!
We continue to get request for ear savers on a daily basis, both locally and from nearby communities, and we are working hard to supply them as quickly as we can.
If you are part of an organization that requires it’s staff to wear masks for the protection of your clients, we are happy to support your efforts by providing you with some ear savers. Please use the contact page to reach us and we will do our best to support you as you help others.
When our robotics season was abruptly halted, just a few short days after our Cyber Eagles won the Inspire Award for the province of Alberta, we were devastated. After all, we were starting to make plans for our trip to Houston, Texas to join the world in competition and fun. Looking back, the loss of our trip pales in comparison to the pain and suffering we are now witnessing across the globe. During these days of isolation, I asked our team “what can we do to help?” I know these students are incredibly smart, thoughtful and a very caring group. It didn’t take long for a response.
We quickly learned that our front-line emergency responders would appreciate a holder for the hand sanitizer bottles that they have to keep with them. Something that would attach to their belts. It wasn’t long and we had a program that we could use on our 3-D printer and very quickly production began. We recruited three other friends with printers to join us in the project and we were off! The initial request was for 50 units, which did not take us long to complete.
Next we reached out to other contacts we had in the health community. We asked if there was something we could do to support them. They responded with the following photo,
With their staff having to constantly wear protective masks, the area behind their ears were becoming raw and very sore. They ask if we could make these plastic devices to hook their masks onto. Within just a few hours we had produced half a dozen and delivered them to their facility for them to test. The next morning, they requested 500+ units as soon as we can get them, AND they were going to let the other organizations in the area know about them. We quickly recruited our friends and we are now producing over 300 units per day! Better still, we are getting requests from other teams to share the file so they can start producing Ear Savers.
We acknowledge that in the grand picture, this is a pretty small contribution. But we are thrilled to support our emergency responders and hard working front-line workers in anyway that we can.