WASHINGTON -- A private school student in the nation's capital wanted to find a way to pitch in and help address the suffering created by the coronavirus pandemic.
So Georgetown Day School senior Jonah Docter-Loeb decided to tap into the online community of 3D printer enthusiasts.
There, he found an open-source design for a welder's mask-style face shield that he could print at home and provide to area hospitals whose supplies of protective equipment was running short.
In less than a month, the project mushroomed into Print to Protect, a network of about 100 3D printers, mostly in individual homes.
The project has printed 3,000 face shields and hopes to complete 10,000 in April.