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3D printers needed to help produce face shields for frontline staff

Thursday April 9th, 2020

 

A nationwide collective of 3D printers has joined forces to using their technology to address the desperate lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) in the medical and health services.

Amongst the 5,500 volunteers already signed up is IncuHive, with “Fab Lab” facilities in New Milton and Chandlers Ford.

The IncuHive team are using their 3D printing facilities to print face shields for frontline staff and have already delivered their first batch to the Intensive Care Unit at Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.

Steve Northam, CEO of IncuHive said “Given the current pandemic situation it seems only right to use the resources and expertise we have within our sites to help support those doing lifesaving work within the NHS. We are producing a range of PPE and donating this to Winchester Hospital directly, alongside the wider crowd-based initiatives in operation currently”

IncuHive have signed up to 3DCrowd UK, a group of 3D printers who are making thousands of plastic face shields for hospitals, GP practices and social care organisations.

3DCrowd UK have already received 1350 separate orders, amounting to 345,000 face shields and aim to produce 80,000 shields by the end of this week.

However, to meet demand they need to recruit even more people with 3D printers to volunteer their time and skills and are also looking for donations from the public and businesses to cover materials and transportation to frontline staff.

If you have access to a 3D printer you can sign up to help online via the 3DCrowd UK website. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer you can still help by donating or sponsoring directly.

 

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