3D Printed Face Shields


Crowborough Birthing Centre has recently received some protective face shields made by Dave Shepheard on his 3D printer.

As well as Crowborough Hospital, he has also supplied 25 shields to Beacon Surgery, 10 to Chappells Pharmacy and another five to individual carers.

Dave, who lives on Harlequin Lane, is part of a network called Print for Victory. It is a community of individuals, printing face shields for people working on the front-line in the NHS and our care system.

Dave wearing one of his face shields

Dave said:

I think we are all feeling a little helpless knowing that staying at home is the best thing we can do to slow the spread of COVID-19. After a colleague sent me the Print for Victory website they had come across I knew I had to get on board.

I just feel very lucky to be part of a community that’s able to provide invaluable PPE to those who need it most.

He explained that current demand is extremely high and that he’s struggling to produce enough. However he has ordered another 3D printer to double production. At the moment, he’s only able to print about eight to 10 masks a day, as they take about 1.5 hours each to print.

Dave's 3D printer at work producing face shields.

If people need face shields he would encourage them to register on the Print for Victory website, as they are matching individuals needing shields to producers.



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