RS and the National 3D Printing Society (N3DPS) will partner in the UK to provide health workers with PPE to help fight the COVID-19 virus. The company’s RS PRO supplier will donate 400kg of PLA filament to N3DPS from end-of-reel-supplies. The filament will be use to manufacture up to 20,000 visor frames by users who have joined the N3DPS campaign.
Over the last fortnight, RS has asked members of its DesignSpark community with access to a 3D printer to join the N3DPS campaign and print NHS-accepted protective visors. The company has also established a 3D printing farm in Corby that will aim to produce over 1,000 visors each week. N3DPS has loaned a number of its machines to support this initiative. The print farm will start production of a N3DPS developed mask design this week.
Over 1,500 people have already volunteered their time and 3D printers to produce these visors, and weekly production capacity is now exceeding 30,000.
Northampton-based plastics manufacturer igus will act as the main distribution hub and provide facilities and staff to assemble the visors. The company has also donated the plastic sheets that are added to each 3D printed frame before they are distributed by MedSupplyDriveUK.
If you have a 3D printer and would like to help, please join the Slack channel https://national3d.slack.com/join/shared_invite/zt-d17ch2mr-UBQ7rHz0XFNFCPmHEHC5bg