DC's high school 'makers' fire up 3D printers to create PPE

Will Olsen
Will Olsen
Will Olsen
Posted at 11:39 AM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 11:39:23-04

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.