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Grayson Brown, a 4th grader at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, is using his 3-D printer to help essential workers wearing masks. He is creating special bands to make them fit and feel better.

“He wanted to do something to help out,” says Grayson’s dad, Mike Brown.  “And, right now, he has a lot more time on his hands so this was a perfect project.” 

Brown received the 3-D printer for Christmas last year.

“I had mostly been using it to make stuff for friends and to make things for my Nintendo Switch,” says Grayson.  “And my dad was using it a lot for things at his work.” 


When COVID-19 hit, that all changed. Grayson got to work putting his 3-D printing skills to use. What started out as a few bands for some nurse friends has now grown into something much bigger.

“He really has taken on this project and wants to make enough so every staff member who wants one gets one,” says Mike.

The special ear-savers help relieve the pressure around the ears making the masks much more comfortable for the staff to wear


The Brown’s donated three dozen of the ‘ear savers’ to the associates at Morning Pointe of Athens assisted living. “Thank you so much Grayson for your kindness and for using your 3-D printing skills to make such a big difference for so many,” says Crystal Sutton, executive director of Morning Pointe of Athens.