Marcus Chu is a 16-year-old student in Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, where classes have been suspended amid a citywide lockdown to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
But unlike some his age, the tech wiz is putting his free time to good use — making face shields for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the battle against the disease, using a 3D printer he received as a Christmas gift.
The 10th-grade student told Reuters he was able to find an open-source blueprint for the face shield on the internet and tweak the design to use less material and take less time when producing each life-saving item.
Marcus and his family have since been able to donate face shields to four hospitals in Manilla and already have plans to provide more.
“On the internet, I’ve seen a lot of posts about the doctors and the people (on) the front line who are suffering from all (this) tiring work,” he told Reuters. “I feel like it’s my opportunity to finally help in a very serious situation, even if it’s in just a little way.”
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