3D printing might be viewed by some as nothing more than a hobby, but in recent months its benefits have become clear for all to see.
A number of engineers, students, and organisations have turned to 3D printing to produce vital medical equipment such as face shields and face masks.
The latest person to use their 3D printer to help hospitals in need is 16-year-old Marcus Chu, from Manila, Philippines and his 3D printed face shield frames.
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Chu initially used an open-source design to produce his face shields frame, but quickly found a way to improve on the design so that it would be produced faster while using with less materials.
“I feel like it’s my opportunity to finally help in a very serious situation, even if it’s just in a little way.” Chu told Retures.
Chu has used his 3D printer, which he received as a Christmas gift last year, to print more than 80 protective shields so far which are used by medical personnel at risk of exposure to the highly contagious virus.
As of 7 April, the Philippines has 3,764 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 177 deaths, with 84 people recovering.