PRACTICES 3D-PRINTS FOR THE
INDUSTRY-WIDE COORDINATED 3D PRINTING EFFORT, TO SUPPORT THE NHS WITH REQUIRED PPE IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.
The NHS is in dire need of as many protective facemasks as possible. Working directly with the NHS we have an agreed visor design which we are printing and sending directly into the existing supply chain in order to get them to the frontline staff as quickly as possible. Information on the visor design, model files and operating procedures is available here. Download and start printing now!
We are 3D printing the visor section of the face masks only, these are passed to a central distribution hub where MedSupplyDrive will add the protective screen and distribute throughout the NHS network to where they are needed most. The design will be updated as further feedback is collected but download the latest design here now. There is a .stl file and .gcode file available.
For our efforts to work at scale, it’s important that we all work together in the same way and provide a consistent product to the frontline workers. They have enough to worry about already, let's not add to it by all doing different things. The Standard Operating Procedure document explains the process for printing and getting your visors ready for distribution. Read this and start printing.
Remember, these visors are being made to be used in hospitals, if you or anyone who has access to the area in which you print develops symptoms of COVID-19, or you have any doubts whatsoever about your health, please stop printing immediately and do not send in any recently printed visors.
The preferred printing material is PETG, if this is not available then PLA is also acceptable. Please don’t print with any other materials.
Filament colour does not matter, any colours will be accepted. For those using the .stl file, the following settings will give you the fastest print times:
HOK London Studio
Foster + Partners
Penoyre & Prasad
Dexter Moren Associates
Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt Architects
Architecture For London
Mansfield District Council
Squire & Partners
Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios
Tiffin Girls School
University of Westminster
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Ethos Design & Architecture
The Kingston Academy
Currie & Brown
MF Design Studio
Piercy & Company
Gaunt Francis Architects
Even if you don’t have a 3D printer, you can still help by donating to the Contractors Appeal which is fundraising to buy more personal protective equipment to provide the NHS frontline staff with. Please consider donating now.
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