Face Mask Ear Savers

Model Description

*This model sourced with permission from the NIH 3D Print Exchange*

Model ID
Labware & Devices
Device Use
Clinical Equipment or Adapter
face mask ear saver, surgical mask ear relief, ear pain relief, mask elastic, 3D Printed Face Mask Strap Holder
EarSavers are designed to help relieve the chafing on the backs of the ears associated with wearing face masks.
The small size is designed to be used with all hair styles. It is designed to rest against the base of the head and remove the ear bands from the backs of the ears.
The medium size is designed to be used when wearing the hair in a ponytail, bun or other style which pulls the hair off of the back of the neck using a hair band. The medium size rests above the ponytail on top of the hair band. It is designed to remove the ear band from the backs and the tops of the ears.
3D Modeling/CAD Software
Autodesk Fusion 360; Tinkercad
Model Origin
Custom illustration/CAD
Printer Technology/Material
Polylactic Acid (PLA)
Printer Make/Model
Prusa i3 MK3S
Print Units
Pre- and Postprocessing Instructions
Make sure your first layer isn't too low or one side of the print that's resting against the head or neck will stick out and be sharp.
Attribution Instructions
Designed by Erin Shircliffe @ 3dpDesignLab
Reviewer Notes
The following refers to: 3dpx-014103
The FDA has authorized production of the ear saver outside of the normal clearance pathway during the Covid-19 pandemic, based on Part 5, section D of the “Enforcement Policy for Face Masks and Respirators During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.”
This ear saver has undergone review in a clinical setting and is recommended when fabricated as instructed.

For documentation purposes, we cannot accept links to external websites for printing instructions, instructions for use, etc. Instructions need to be included as a PDF or as text on the NIH 3D Print Exchange website. -05.01.20


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TDP Category Type Filename Size
General Instructions additional images.docx 19.33 KB
General Instructions application/pdf EarSaver Flyer NIH.pdf 4.29 MB
General Instructions Face Mask EarSavers.docx 14.88 KB
General Instructions application/pdf Medium EarSaver Flyer Instructions NIH.pdf 2.54 MB
General Instructions application/pdf Medium EarSaver Instructions NIH.pdf 6.47 MB
General Instructions application/pdf Small EarSaver Instructions NIH.pdf 2.22 MB
General Instructions application/pdf Small Flyer EarSaver Instructions NIH.pdf 2.25 MB
STL File Medium FaceMask EarSaver Gap 10cm x 10mm_0.stl 64.93 KB
Blender-generated-x3d Medium FaceMask EarSaver Gap 10cm x 10mm_0.stl60c0f1d552a0c.x3d 40.36 KB
STL File Small FaceMask EarSaver Gap 8cm x 10mm_0.stl 64.73 KB


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