3D Printing More PPE, Prosthetic Hands, and Toys


My name is Jonathan. I am currently a freshman at CUNY Hunter College in New York, NY. 

Over the past ten months, my father and I have been 3D-printing several thousand face shields and ear savers from our garage. The printers would be on for days at times, continually printing face shields for hospital workers - this will be a moment in time I'll never forget. Because of our initial fundraiser campaign, half of our proceeds went to NYC hospitals and the other half has gone to ensure that we could continue printing PPE. 

Presently, I am working as an ambassador for Makers for COVID-19 and still fulfilling requests. However, these PPE donations are geared towards organizations, local healthcare clinics, and small businesses.

It is my goal to continue printing PPE. Nevertheless, as we begin to slowly see the end of this pandemic, I wish to extend my volunteerism into other niches of 3D-printing. Specifically, I hope to print prosthetic limb devices for children and adults who do not have hands/fingers and to also print articulable toys for young children in homeless/daycare/childcare centers. 

It is safe to say that the combination of 3D-printing and volunteering is here to stay- that is where you can support me. 

Your contribution to this GoFundMe campaign will ensure that...

- individuals who'd like 3D-printed prosthetic hands gets them

- children in homeless/childcare centers get cool toys to keep

- the 3D-printing and donating process goes smoothly on my end

- new projects in the works at Makers for COVID-19 can be implemented

I am grateful for the immense support I have received last spring. It has helped me become truly engaged with the world of 3D-printing and more importantly, with my own community. I'd love to keep that momentum going for months or even years to come.

Thank you. Stay safe. 


Organizer and beneficiary

Jonathan Gao
Brooklyn, NY
Jonathan Gao

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