Providing much-needed PPE for local community organisations

22 May 2020

When the call went out in April that frontline NHS staff had requested over 186,000 face shields through the 3DCrowd.UK website, our IT team jumped into action.

Since then the IT team has been using our 3D printers at School to produce more vital PPE that is needed so desperately across many different charities and organisations.

Keen to support our local community, we were delighted to be able to provide Argyles Care Home in Newbury with 30 face shields for their frontline staff. Care homes provide vital support, both medically and pastorally, to those who are most vulnerable during the pandemic and we are so pleased to be able to contribute in some way to the work of the brave staff at Argyles Care Home, to help them carry out their crucial work safely and effectively.

We were also contacted by Newbury-based charity Interakt Community, and were able to send 10 face shields so that staff there can continue to offer creative opportunities to youngsters and adults who face physical and sensory challenges.


Based on independent medical advice, the visors are being printed using PETG filament, which is food-safe, less likely to harbour the Covid-19 virus and means that they can easily be cleaned – they can even go in the dishwasher!

It can take up to 4 hours to print just one of the much-needed visor sets, so our 3D printer will be certainly be kept busy over the coming weeks! Here it is in action…

To find out more about this initiative, to volunteer your 3D printer or to donate to the distribution campaign visit 3DCROWD.UK

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