UWTSD Electronics student joins UK effort to make visors for NHS staff


22.04.2020

Nick Jones, a 3rd year BEng Electronics Engineering student has been using his 3D printers to make visors for NHS frontline staff. He is part of a network brought together by Amman Valley Makespace Group to answer the urgent call for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Nick Jones, a 3rd year BEng Electronics Engineering student has been using his 3D printers to make visors for NHS frontline staff. He is part of a network brought together by Amman Valley Makespace Group to answer the urgent call for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Nick was alerted to the group on social media, who had asked people with a 3D printer to get in contact. Nick said: “There are around 40 of us. My role is to put my 3D printers to use. Once I have a batch of 20 plus, I contact logistics who organise one of the project volunteer couriers to come and collect and social distancing is strictly adhered to. They are delivered to another volunteer hub for decontamination and final assembly before being handed over to front line NHS staff.”

Nick said a number of the group’s project leaders are in close contact with clinical engineers to check the visors ae suitable for use. 

“Our design is sustainable as it is reusable and can be easily decontaminated by the end user,” he added. “The project leaders also have close links with schools regarding STEM, so all surplus funds / donations once this crisis is over will be going back into the education stream including any 3D printers or other equipment bought during this project.”

Nick said: “I'm only part of the WhatsApp groups that involve my role in this project and everybody within these groups has been brilliant regarding any technical issues that have arisen, these include keeping some 100 printers or so going nonstop, helping those who are not as computer literate with any software issues and any input on improving design and quality to bring our average print time of 50 mins per shield down.

“The organisation within this project has been second to none with everybody involved being treated equally and I'm proud to be part of this growing network. Last but not least, we are one big team and although each one of us at some point have been given thanks by those who know us personally, we all pass on those thanks to everybody involved.”

Links:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/1ypsl074qo

Amman valley MakerSpace Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1722998717718305

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