NHS senior uses 3D printer to aid hospital workers

  • Manny Cuevas’ 3D printer SUBMITTED PHOTO

  • Manny Cuevas is a Northampton High School senior 3D printing face shields. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 3/27/2020 8:39:32 AM

NORTHAMPTON — Eighteen-year-old Manny Cuevas is a Northampton High School senior and an aspiring engineer. When he recently read that Massachusets hospitals were looking for donations of personal protective equipment, such as face masks, to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to use a 3D printer he got for his birthday to make face shields.

The Florence resident donated plastic face shields to Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and is in touch with other hospitals, including Baystate Medical Center, he said. He has raised more than $2,000 on GoFundMe for his project.

“I think that we are going through a really hard time,” Cuevas said. “Ultimately, I believe that as a community we need to come together. Everyone has a key piece of knowledge that we are able to give to the community that is unique. With all those pieces of knowledge, together we can succeed.” 

Cuevas is one of a number of Valley residents and institutions that have donated supplies to area hospitals. Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School recently donated $10,000 worth of supplies like gloves and N95 masks while others have sewn masks. 

“Cooley Dickinson is so appreciative of the outpouring of support from our community,” a spokesperson for the hospital wrote in an email to the Gazette. “People, like Manny, and businesses alike have been very generous in donating medical-grade PPE as well as hand-made masks and 3D-printed masks.”

 The spokesperson added, “For those with 3D printing capabilities, we ask that you be in touch with the Partners COVID Innovation Center for specific requirements before dropping off materials at Cooley Dickinson. The innovation center has specific expertise and requirements and can offer guidance on how to create these supplies.” The hospital also has a webpage with more information about how to donate personal protective equipment. 

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com.

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