Eighth grader Mark Williams was starting to get a little stir crazy with all the sudden free time and nowhere to go.
"I have a lot more time in the day, I think everybody does," He said.
He decided to use his time to — along with his robotics team, Tobortech — help those in need.
Tobortech, a Lake Oswego High School robotics team, started a campaign to aid medical professionals in the fight against COVID-19 by using 3D printers to create face shields.
The campaign is called create4pdx.
The group of students has made 101 face shields and distributed them to hospitals and assisted living facilities.
The campaign started as a one-person operation. Mark Williams, an eighth grader at Lake Oswego Junior High School and member of Tobortech, secured a 3D printer with the help of his robotics coach, Wan-Shu Lu, and began printing 15 Prusa RC3 face shields for Salem Hospital.
Prusa RC3 is an open-source design that anyone with a 3D printer can use to make face shields.
"I didn't know anything about 3D printing," Mark said. "It's a lot more simple than you might expect."
The shields are made by downloading a file from the Prusa RC3 website and moving it into a program which converts the file to code for the printer to run.
He said the first shield took him 16 hours to complete but now he's able to speed up the process and make a single shield in 2 1/2hours.
Mark realized that to make a bigger impact, he'd need more people and more printers. He enlisted the help of other Tobortech members including eighth graders Sophia Kamsha, Aidan Kwapisz, and Aaron Tsai, and LOHS sophomore Sasha Fefelova.
The recruiting didn't stop there. Sophomore Nathan Griffin and robotics teams Lake Monsters FRC and Overcharged FTC are also helping the create4pdx effort.
Their goal is simple — help where there's a need.
"It's really, wherever we're needed we are going to keep going," Mark said.
He said this couldn't be done without the team and wonderful partnerships made along the way.
"We have an excellent team of people," he said.
You can inquire about face shields or learn more about donating supplies at
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