This Manchester Library Is 3D Printing PPE For Health And Care Workers

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This Manchester Library Is 3D Printing PPE For Health And Care Workers

A great gesture to help key workers in need.

Putting to use their high-tech 3D printer during the pandemic, Manchester Central Library is now creating 3D printed PPE for local health and social care workers, helping to meet the demand of protective equipment while they work on the frontline of the virus.

The printer is currently producing face shields which will be distributed as part of the ShieldNHS Initiative, with 15-20 shields being printed daily. Each mask takes approximately 90 minutes to print, with one kind-hearted volunteer running the print job from their home.

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “The Business & Intellectual Property Centre at Central Library is in normal times a fantastic resource for local people who want to grow their existing small business, or start up a new venture.  So it’s no surprise that its staff have come up with this brilliant way to use the latest technology to support frontline health and care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.”

So far, 40 shields have been produced in Manchester, with the initiative continuing for the duration of the outbreak.

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