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We are all doing our bit to keep ourselves safe. We are staying at home and this small gesture has a huge impact, we are protecting our NHS and saving lives.
As a critical manufacturer and essential supplier, igus® is working to ensure that companies and customers have the support they need to keep vital production lines running. Companies that are building ventilators and other medical devices, companies that are producing food and generally companies that are trying to keep the economy going.
In early April igus was approached by the National 3D Printing Society. They are co-ordinating the printing of headbands for urgently needed NHS face shields and needed some help with the assembly. igus has joined forces with them to help where possible!
The UK office in Northampton is now acting as a hub for any 3D printers to send headbands for assembly. The main conference room at igus has been converted into a production line to assemble the face shields, and then make-up packages that are being sent directly into hospitals. As with many companies, many of the office staff are working remotely so igus has had people volunteering to help in their own time with the assembly production. Currently, around 500 shields are being assembled per day!
igus® UK has purchased the first 7000 face shields and donated these to the cause.
RS Components and DesignSpark have also been involved with this project. Having already donated over 400kg in PLA filament, their Corby printing hub is also busy printing frames every day.
These donations have helped massively, however it still isn't enough to ensure the long term support of NHS staff and the National 3D Printing Society are currently sourcing more face shield material and filament.
There is a justgiving page if you wish to donate towards the cost of purchasing the raw materials, any little will help to provide this vital part of PPE. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/N3DPS
These face shields are desperately needed to protect frontline hospital workers and igus® is proud to be able to help. Stay at home, save lives and protect our amazing NHS.
For more information about the National 3D Printing Society: https://national3dprintingsociety.co.uk/medical-am-covid-19/