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3D printers aid NHS visor scheme

South Bank UTC is using its 3D printers as part of a collective effort by UTCs around the country to provide the NHS with frames for protective visors.

The UTC has stocks of PTE-G and PTA plastics, the two materials the NHS has approved for use as visor frames, so is well positioned to assist.

Its Ultimaker 3D printers are producing replicas of the approved design which was shared by Prusa (a Czech-based open-source 3D printer manufacturer).

The national scheme is run by a group on 3D Crowd UK as reported by the BBC. Some 16,704 3D prints were made by the group over the weekend. It has a fundraiser to pay for materials and transport.

“We usually use our 3D printers to run BTEC units on additive manufacture and for design prototyping,” said assistant vice principal David Bell. “We are now putting these to use for the NHS national effort.

“We intend to send our frames to the distribution centre in Sheffield where they are fitted with the clear visor and then sent on to hospitals.

“Our machines were sat idle so we have dived right in to produce these to assist front line workers against COVID-19.”

Two of our industry partners are local hospital trusts King’s College, and Guy’s & St Thomas’.

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