How it began
The effort began with James Coxon, a Palliative Medicine doctor with an interest in technology, including 3D printing who, after learning that UK hospitals, medical practices and social care organisations were in dire need of protective face shields that are used to protect the faces of frontline staff, felt those with 3D printers would be able to help.
As more 3D printer owners volunteered to help, they then started 3DCrowd UK – a community of 3D printer owners who are volunteering to print these face shields themselves. Ranging from hobbyists to professional 3D printers, 3DCrowd UK now co-ordinates a community response, printing, collecting and distributing the face shield parts made by volunteers up and down the UK.
How it works
Volunteers with access to a 3D printer can sign up to help online via the 3DCrowd UK website. They are then provided with instructions and requirements on how to produce the face shield parts themselves. The 3D printers create the headband part of the face shield, bag up the parts and send them to the closest hub where they are assembled, a clear plastic film is placed on the front and elastic attached to the back to hold it in place.
Doctors, nurses, medical and social care professionals can then request these face shields by filling in a form on the website and volunteers then deliver them where they are needed.
How can you help?
To sign up to volunteer visit: www.3dcrowd.uk
Members of the public can donate to the project here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/3dcrowd-emergency-3d-printed-face-shields