LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP)- Seventeen-year-old Sontino Allentuck is no ordinary high school student.
He built a 3-D printing machine three-years-ago and for the last week, has been using it to help hospitals in dire need of medical supplies. Sontino has been printing designs for masks and ventilator valves in his bedroom using this machine.
Since he’s been out of school, he’s been working harder than ever on it. He isn’t working on this alone, he’s the founder of Western Massachusetts 3D Printing Collaborative. He has several friends that are also printing mask and ventilator prototypes.
Sontino’s mother, Gianna Allentuck, told 22News, “Seeing kids and his friends and him taking the time to do something of this magnitude to help in the smallest way. It’s definitely a great thing to see.”
Sontino said their mask prototype has a porosity issue, but they are working to find solutions for the medical community fighting the coronavirus.
“It’s really scary I’ve never seen anything like this before in my life,” said Sontino. “So it’s really important right now that we stay together as a community and work towards such things, through the collaborative, and help people on the front lines.”
Sontino’s collaborative just began making prototypes for hands-free door openers and silicone masks. They’re open to new ideas.