During this COVID-19 lockdown, you may have read articles about volunteers making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on their 3D printers. We are one of those households. Whilst this is nothing to do with our usual business, we have had a lot of questions about what we’re doing so we thought we’d share what we’ve done and how we did it.
Firstly it’s important to note that, in terms of providing this to medical and care home staff (which is what we’re currently doing), making PPE on a 3D Printer provides something which is, hopefully, only a stop gap. Whilst there doesn’t seem to be any official guidance for healthcare workers about protection, we’d hope that eventually ‘official’ protective equipment will be provided where it is needed. And that it will be robust, and easier to sterilise. That said, everyone we’ve given these to, without exception, has been delighted on the basis that ‘it’s better than nothing’.Read More