AVON LAKE, OH — In the age of the new coronavirus, countless heroes have found creative ways to protect other people. In Avon Lake, those heroes look like a budding 3D printing coalition molding mask bands for front line medical workers, first responders and even the U.S. Navy.
The entire endeavor started on something of a whim, according to Matt Collier. His family has a 3D printer and was scrolling through files of things they could print. Listed on one website was a design for a band to strap a mask around a person’s head. They decided to give it a try.
The Colliers printed mask bands for anyone they knew who requested one. When the requests began pouring in, the Colliers decided to expand their printing power. They recruited three Avon Lake residents, all with their own 3D printers: the Rollins family, Hayden Hodge and Carter Knox, an Avon