During the global battle against the Coronavirus, many countries have suffered an acute shortage of personal protective equipment for health workers and other frontline care staff and service providers. In response to this shortage, Czech 3D printer supplier Prusa quickly developed an open-source design for a protective face shield, and made it available to anyone with a 3D printer.
The call went out for companies with access to 3D printers to assist in the supply of these protective face shields. The shields are produced from easily accessible and inexpensive materials, and can help anyone in the community who comes into contact with many other people – first responders, carers, police, firefighters, dentists and shop staff as well as medical professionals in the NHS.
Jon Beeching, Manager of our Weymouth Custom Solutions Centre, arranged for materials to be sourced and for the design files for the frame of the face shield to be loaded onto our 3D printers, and production began in early April 2020. The elastic headstrap and clear face shield are separately made, and our Warwickshire based partner Solid Print3D is coordinating sterilisation, assembly and shipment of the complete shields kits.
Pacer’s first mask frame shipment left our Weymouth manufacturing facility on 15th April, and production will now continue for as long as this vital equipment is needed.
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