This Alberta teen is 3D printing face shields for health care workers

Owen Plumb, 13, has printed over 100 face shields using a free pattern from the printer's manufacturer.
By: Madeleine Hall
April 14, 2020
Photo: CBC/Karen Plumb

Owen Plumb, 13, of Okotoks, Alberta isn’t the only Canadian making the news for stepping up to create PPE (personal protective equipment) amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but he is certainly one of the youngest. Plumb, who's currently in grade nine, received a 3D printer for Christmas last year, which he’s now using to make plastic face shields for health care workers.

The pattern Plumb is using was created and distributed by Prusa, the printer’s Czech manufacturer, to empower citizens across the world to help create PPE. Though the pattern has yet to be approved by Canadian health authorities, Plumb and others are working to assemble stockpiles to be distributed as soon as they get the green light.

Plumb notes that there are many other ways people can step in to help their communities during the pandemic: "From sending care packages to care homes to sewing face masks, there's a lot that you can do to help others than just self-isolating — which is still one of the best things you can do — but there is more that we can do as a community to help as young people," he told CBC Calgary.

Sources: CBC, Twitter



4 months ago

B.C. boy fundraises to buy snacks for health care workers fighting COVID-19

Nine-year-old Bear Yeung raised $3,000 to donate energy bars and drinks to workers at his local hospital.
4 months ago

"You're on Team Canada now," says six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser

The hockey star and future doctor is rallying Canadian businesses and individuals to donate surplus PPE to front-line health care workers.
4 months ago

Toronto ER doctor spearheads donation of old cellphones to city’s most vulnerable

The phones provide a means of connection for people who may have trouble accessing health and social services offered by the city.