Tension Management for Oxygen Tubing
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Tension Management for Oxygen Tubing was developed during a 72 hour Tikkum Olam Makers (TOM) make-a-thon hosted by makerspace Nova Labs. It is designed for use by individuals who need an oxygen air supply to breathe, which involves long cords of oxygen tubing hooked up between an oxygen supply unit and the user's face and nose. If the user is moving around, the tubes can easily get caught on something, yielding to painful and dangerous yanks. This solution involves a system of clips and rubber bands that allows the tubing to automatically lengthen and shorten without having unsafe slack left hanging.
This project requires 3D-printed tube holders. Please refer to the author’s website for the STL file.The author used PLA for our version, but other materials should work as well. Since 3D printed parts can vary slightly in dimension, it's a good idea to print a test clip first. You can add as many clips as desired to create more "coils" in the tubing.