Austin Chen, an incoming sophomore at Amador Valley High School with an interest in engineering/design, is distributing face shields as part of the Pleasanton teen's effort to create face shields for health care workers, seniors and other residents using 3D-printing technology.
Through his "Mask Up Pleasanton" campaign, Chen has made around 800 face shields to date.
"My project began with searching for a face shield design because it would add an extra layer of protection against the coronavirus," Chen said.
"I implemented the face shield design onto a computer-automated design (CAD) program. After this, I printed them out using PLA filament. Once I printed the face shields, I bought sheets of plastic, cut them out, and glued them onto the face shields. It took about two hours to make one face shield," he continued, adding:
"3D printing is an important part of engineering and is used primarily to produce devices. This project helped me understand more about the topic of 3D printing, which will be very useful in the future."
The shields are handed out to seniors for free or any resident can purchase a shield for $5 apiece, with proceeds donated to local hospitals. Visit http://maskuppleasanton.com.