Two Huddersfield University students have established a manufacturing and distribution network to help meet the demand for PPE during the Covid-19 outbreak. The network has been created from the contacts they made by establishing the National 3D Printing Society for Students’ Unions in 2018. Younes Chahid and Mason Rowbottom have been working with Medical Supply Drive UK, and have assembled a manufacturing and distribution network to help meet the demand during this national pandemic.
Currently there are 600 members from across the Country, all ready to start printing. It is hoped that the first sets of PPE will be arriving with the NHS on Monday 6th April. Any 3D print sent by makers will pass through a sanitisation process. Makers or companies with 3D printers are welcomed to visit the N3DPS website to know more.
The design has been adapted from other designs and allows the manufacture and assembly of the PPE without the use of rubber bands, meaning that it can be sanitised more easily.
If you are an NHS worker or care worker and your place of work needs PPE, then please fill the form on the N3DPS website (I need supplies button). This form is linked with our partner, Medical Supply Drive UK who is working directly with NEAD (National Equipment Appeal Database)
Emmanuel Haruna, President of Huddersfield Students’ Union says: “I am delighted that members of the Students’ Union are helping the National effort during these unprecedented times. I would encourage anyone who has access to a 3D printer, or can help distribute the equipment to get in touch with the society. This has been, and continues to be, an amazing effort by students and we are extremely proud of them!”
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