Doing his part: 14-year-old making personal protective equipment for healthcare workers

Posted on April 15, 2020 | Atlantic Business Magazine | 0 Comments

Cameron Richmond of Portugal Cove-St. Phillips, N.L. initially planned to use his 3D printer to give life to his own designs. But after hearing about the urgent need for personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, he quickly changed his mind. Now, the grade nine student at Brookside Intermediate is making face shields and ear savers.

“It feels really good to do my own small part to help out,” says Richmond.

While not everyone has a 3D printer, Richmond says all young people have a part to play in fighting back against Covid-19. “Stay home… If they aren’t your family, don’t hang out with them until this is over.”

Cameron Richmond, a 14-year-old grade nine student, tells Atlantic Business Magazine editor Dawn Chafe why he started printing PPE.

What is 3D printing?

While traditional inkjet and laser printers use ink or powder to print text or images on paper, 3D printers transform designs into physical objects. To create the object, the printer sprays a melted substance (typically plastic) in overlapping layers until the full object is “printed”.

If you know a young person who, like Cameron, is taking action to help fight Covid-19, please tell us about them in the comments below. ↓↓↓

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