Vancouver youth uses pandemic downtime as opportunity for good

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“I want to do this for people who work really hard during these times. It’s quite difficult to wear a mask 10 hours a day and work in the hospital, ”he said.

It took Junussov several attempts before settling on a perfect design.

“Some of them were too flexible and a bit broken. Others were too stiff and you couldn’t carry them on your head. It took me about five prototypes to get a good model, ”he says.

Now that it has a design, each earbud takes about an hour and 10 minutes to print.

Junussov explained how the 3D printing process works. First, you find, edit, or create a design on a computer, and then type the file into the printer. The printer reads the file and very slowly creates the object, layer by layer, depositing plastic, he said.

Junussov first learned how to use a 3D printer in a programming class, then relied on online tutorials to hone his skills.

“Now I know how to use it pretty well,” he says.

Because Junussov is sometimes busy and unable to operate the machine, he trained his nine-year-old brother to use it as well. Now he’s producing ears pretty well every time one of them is at home.

Nickolai Junussov visits Vancouver Fire Rescue mascot Sparky while delivering some of her ears to her. Photo by Handout /PNG

Junussov has so far printed about 100 of these devices and has delivered headphones to the Vancouver Fire Department and St. Paul’s Hospital, among other groups. On Monday, he has another delivery scheduled in St. Paul’s and one at the University of British Columbia hospital.

Junussov said he has always been in coding and robotics and hopes this work will help him move forward on that path.

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