The NHS has a great need of a lot of specialized equipment and materials at the moment. One item is surgical face masks. These can be 3D printed and though a contact of one of the Rose Charities UK directors assistance has been given to a facility being set up for the purpose which will provide masks at only material cost(s). (or free if sufficient donations)…. There has been a crowd-funding site set up .. which states..
“The NHS is currently facing a severe shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, exacerbated by the interruption of supply chains from China. Priority has rightly been given to hospital workers but GPs and their staff have been asked to source their own PPE. In the coming weeks, it is predicted that these healthcare workers will be seeing thousands of sufferers of COVID 19, exposing themselves to high loads of the virus and putting themselves at risk (over 10% of healthcare workers have COVID in Italy and to date 43 doctors have perished from this awful disease). An essential piece of PPE is the universal face visor which is now part of the WHO & PHE recommended kit for examining these patients. Wearing this can significantly lower the risk of transmission and lower exposure to large volumes of the virus. Across the country, people with access to 3D printing and appropriate equipment are able to make an approved face mask for the healthcare workers to use on the front line and we would like to do this without making any profit.
Earlier this week, four generous families started the ball rolling by buying a 3D printer each, and another family generously donated filament. Since then, many people have generously donated and we have been able to buy printers and materials so that, by the end of the week, we will be producing 500 shields per week. However, this is not enough! We can significantly increase this to up to over 10,000 visors per week if we can raise enough money to start producing the parts through an injection moulding process. All the development work for the tooling is done, so as soon as we have the funds, we can give the go ahead for production! .When there is no longer a need for these visors, we will donate any printers bought with the money raised to secondary schools that need them.