These days Kai Gottschalk is living up to the slogan of the Boy Scouts of America -- "Do a good turn daily" -- by using his own 3-D printer to make face shields for health care providers. He has made and shipped nearly 3,800 shields made of transparency sheets and hard plastic bands to 40 organizations, both locally and abroad.
Gottschalk, 15, said he was inspired by a family friend who works in the medical field when he heard about the lack of proper protective clothing for medical professionals needed to treat those possibly infected with the coronavirus.
While searching the internet for tutorials, Gottschalk found video instruction on creating face shields using a 3-D printer. He first offered his shields to NorCal Ambulance then he enlisted other Scouts from his troop and friends from school to expand his production and outreach.
Bay Area recipients include Oakland's Highland Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Livermore Optometry Group and Waste Management. The protective equipment also has been shipped to University of Miami Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Princeton and Capital Health Hospital, among other places
Gottschalk, a member of Troop 941 in Pleasanton, which is sponsored by VFW Post 6298, plans to continue on the path to Eagle Scout. Donations to help pay for more face shield supplies can be made at www.troop941.org/faceshields.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story ran an incorrect photo that did not depict Gottschalk. The Weekly regrets the error.