Large scale additive manufacturing of a PPE face protection created by the University of Nottingham engineers has started. The crew will offer 5,000 products to the NHS and community healthcare staff of the city.
The form and the accompanying records have been open-source to let others make the face protections. But the makers will have to provide their product for experimenting to the BSCI to get their own certification.
The director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, Professor Richard Hague, stated: “Our primary goal was to ensure that we delivered a PPE solution that was safe and certified so that healthcare workers can have confidence in the equipment they’re using.”
He also said that by utilizing additive manufacturing flexibility and laser cutting technology, they have had the capability to achieve the design. It’s through this that they have gotten it tried and certified, and then produced and distributed in an extremely faster timeframe.
“We have also had incredible support from our collaborators in getting these face shields to the NHS – the teamwork and willingness of people to help has been truly heart-warming and we are all extremely proud to be able to contribute to the nation’s fight against coronavirus,” he added.
The faceguards are offered in packs to the NHS with 5 replacement visors per face protection and also guidelines for use. The face protectors successfully passed the BSI trials and CE certified for usage as part of PPE for healthcare staff’s shield against the coronavirus in both community settings and hospitals.
“Having a PPE solution that meets National and EU safety standards is critical for deployment within the NHS. It has been a truly outstanding achievement to go from nothing to thousands of devices being used by local doctors and hospitals in less than a month.
This would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of local manufacturing partners and BSI,” says Head of the Bioengineering Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Donal McNally.
The faceguard includes an additively manufactured headband, a laser-cut PET visor that has an anti-fog layer, and is stored together with a laser-cut flexible band. Also, utilizing their EOS Laser Sintering machine, the University of Nottingham’s engineering crew have been profoundly backed by Matsuura UK to make the 3D printed component, utilizing their HP MultiJet Fusion procedure. The visor component has been created with the assistance of a regional company, Prime Group. Nottingham Trent University are currently increasing the manufacture of the laser-cut band.