A small town library in Taranaki will see hundreds of people walk through its doors in the next few days, but the public isn’t looking for books, they are buying mask nose clips.
The Stratford Library 3D printer is working harder than ever, creating the clips that keep glasses from fogging up when wearing a face shield.
People have traveled from outside the district for the 50-cent coins that slip on masks and sit on the bridge of the nose.
“It literally changes your life,” said Erin Bishop, who was the first to ask the library to print one.
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The library had already printed about 100 plastic cornstarch clips and has an even longer waiting list.
Bishop, a Stratford District Council committee councilor and executive assistant, had spent months unable to wear her glasses and face shield at council meetings, causing her eyes to strain as she typed minutes.
She stumbled across the clips and the print file to make them, online and, just two days away from her next meeting, asked if the library could make one for her.
It was a success, and as Bishop raves about the quality of the device on the board, other staff have come in asking that they be made as well.
“People came to ask us what we were doing [with the printer], we would tell them, and then they wanted one, ”said Bridget Roper, who ran the printer.
“When we saw how much people liked them and solved a problem that everyone seemed to have, we thought to put it on Facebook. “
Roper, who is the library and visitor information center team leader, said they quickly realized how slow the creation process was.
“Originally, we made them one by one.
They have since found a file that allowed him to print five, over a period of an hour.
Roper said it was the most that the four-year-old 3D printer had been in action because it was mostly for pieces like plastic game characters, containers for school vacation programs.
He was working so hard he started playing on Wednesday – “he must have been a little tired”.
The library has put the pattern online for anyone with a 3D printer who wants to make the parts, otherwise Roper will continue to make them “until there is no more demand.”