31st March 2020
3D-printing specialist SYS Systems has joined the fight against coronavirus by launching a project to create protective face shields – and now it’s empowering manufacturers across the UK to do the same.
There is an urgent need to equip thousands of NHS workers, law enforcement professionals and other key workers with full-face plastic visors to enable them to work safely on the front line.
Derbyshire-based SYS is putting its range of Stratasys 3D printers at its Additive Manufacturing Centre HQ to work, with the aim of creating as many of the masks as possible and distributing them to those in most need.
It has also contacted all customers who own the relevant 3D printers required to do the work and sent them clear, Stratasys-approved designs and instructions to get started. The instructions are available for any manufacturer to download and use by clicking here.
SYS Systems are looking to manufacture 300 face shields per week on site at their Derbyshire base and will supply them directly to Derby Royal Hospital.
SYS Systems Managing Director Matt Fulton said: “Like everyone else we have been inspired by the efforts of NHS staff and our emergency services in these uncertain times, so we felt it was our duty to do something to assist.
“3D printing is proving an essential part of the global response to the Covid-19 epidemic due to how quickly and reliably it can produce parts related to shields, masks and ventilators among other things, helping to address shortages.
“We hope our customers will join us in doing everything we can to arm key workers with the tools they need to perform their essential duties, and we thank them in advance for their support.”
To help maximise hygiene and for ease of shipping, SYS Systems – a Stratasys UK platinum partner and part of the Carfulan Group – is recommending that those able to print protective face shields allow letting the provider or end user of the items to assemble them.
Those who can produce visors or shields in bulk but who do not have a customer for them are being urged to send them to SYS Systems for wider distribution.
The company is also making its 3D printers available for bureau work to ease the pressure being heaped on UK manufacturers by the coronavirus pandemic, with staff shortages and supply chain disruptions biting hard.
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