News World Philippine student hopes 3D printer can be lifesaver for doctors

Philippine student hopes 3D printer can be lifesaver for doctors

A schoolboy in the Philippines has been putting his free time to good use by making dozens of plastic face shields with his home 3D printer, in an effort to protect medical workers fighting a surge in coronavirus cases.

Marcus Chu, 16, has made more than 80 of the protective screens and has photographs of them being used by the frontline medical personnel at risk of exposure to the highly contagious virus, amid critical shortages of protective gear.

Chu said his 3D printer was a Christmas gift that came along just at the right time.

“I feel like it’s my opportunity to finally help in a very serious situation, even if it’s just in a little way,” the 10th-grader said.

He initially used an open-source design that he found on the Internet to manufacture shield frames, but eventually found a way to tweak the design to so that it can be produced faster and with less materials.

His family has donated the face shields to four different hospitals in Manila.

More than half of the Philippines’ 107 million population are on home quarantine. The coronavirus has been a big test of the country’s already stretched health system and experts say the real extent of the spread is not yet known due to a slow rate of testing.

At least 13 medical personnel are among the 96 coronavirus deaths in the country, which had confirmed 2,311 cases as of April 1.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Deadly Greece floods kill 5, including 8 month old baby

  Torrential rains have caused deadly extensive flooding in the Greek island of Evia, killing at least five people who drowned in their homes, including...

UK PM says schools must open in September

  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted they would be able to...

Two couples from Romania lost in Adonis Baths area, found by authorities

  Two Romanian couples lost in the Adonis Baths area of Paphos were found by police and the fire service, following a rescue operation last...

Survivor search sadly ends in Beirut rubble, Cyprus rescue team to return

  Lebanese authorities have declared that there is no longer hope of finding any other survivors in the rubble of the Beirut explosion rubble and...

Uprising calls gather pace in Lebanon as rage spills

  Some Lebanese called for a sustained uprising to topple their leaders amid public fury over this week’s devastating explosion in Beirut, and the country’s...

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...