The NWMO donates 3D printer to the Bruce County Public Library

Ear guards

These “ear guards” were produced by a 3D printer the NWMO donated to the Bruce County Public Library.

A 3D printer donated by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to the Bruce County Public Library is already being put to use to help address the COVID-19 pandemic.


The library is currently using the printer to create “ear guards” that make it more comfortable for front-line workers to wear face masks. The plastic secures the mask at the back of the wearer’s head instead of on their ears, and helps alleviate some of the discomfort that comes from wearing this essential piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the global pandemic.

“We are pleased to help out frontline workers during this global pandemic. The BCPL has reached out to Bruce County paramedics and confirmed their interest in receiving 3D-printed ear guards that eliminate pressure on ears when wearing masks,” said Brooke McLean, Director of Library Services.  

In the future, the 3D printer will be used to support the library’s educational and community programming.


The BCPL is a non-profit organization that operates 17 library branches throughout Bruce County. Across these branches, the library serves more than 66,000 county residents as well as many cottagers and seasonal residents. 


“A 3D printer adds a new dimension to our current collection of technology available to the public,” said MacLean “3D printers allow users to experiment and engage with new software, hardware and their own creativity. The BCPL is proud of its current offerings, and we feel the addition of a 3D printer fits well with our current approach to providing free and barrier-free public access to technology.” 


Later, this printer will be available for use by residents and school children at the library branches for educational purposes. 


“The NWMO is happy to support the Bruce County Public Library and contribute to the well-being of many local communities throughout the County,” said Becky Smith, Regional Communications Manager for the NWMO. “Not only is this an opportunity to provide more access to technology and learning opportunities for residents across the county, but it is also a great opportunity for us to contribute to a larger cause by helping to keep communities safe through the production of PPE’s for County paramedics.”