Coronavirus: B.C. teen uses 3D printer to make face shields

In his backyard, tucked next to a plastic slide, Grade 12 student Sean Uy has turned a 3D printing hobby into a life-saving project.

“It started with my uncle in California who contacted us, and said we are soon going to be put in the front lines and battling these patents with COVID-19, and there’s probably going to be a shortage of PPEs,” the Richmond teen said, referring to personal protective gear.

Uy started researching designs and sent 18 face shields to his uncle, who is a cardiologist.

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“He was really happy with it because if they run out, it’s better than nothing and he also had other doctors give feedback.”

He was paying for the supplies, but now gets donations, and encourages others with 3D printers to contribute.

“Let’s all work together because ironically, it’s social distancing, but we have to work together to be able to make enough.”

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