Team UnLimbited, a charity that creates innovative 3D assisted devices for people with limb differences, is helping the country in its challenge to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for those tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the last couple of months, the wider 3D printing community has come together, developing and sharing innovative designs that anyone with a 3D printer can use to help their local communities.
Team UnLimbited rose to the occasion and has provided face shields and surgical mask ear savers to everyone they have received requests from, all for free. To date, this includes more than 1,100 face shields and 150 ear savers, a number that continues to grow. Supplies have gone to GPs, pharmacies, hospitals, carers, community nurses, paramedics, shop workers and others.
Team UnLimbited co-founder, Stephen Davies, said:
“For the face shields, we’ve used an easy-to-build open-source design from 3DVerkstan and we’re happy to advise anyone who’d like to do the same. The instructions are really simple, and the materials are easy to source. We’ve also been printing a device that eases the strain a facemask places on the wearer’s ears, and a helpful tool to remove other equipment without having to touch the item directly.”
Fellow co-founder, Drew Murray, added:
“The world needs everyone to come together at this time. We’re delighted to play our part in helping to provide essential equipment so the nation can keep running and to protect those who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.”
The charity continues to build its renowned arms at the same time for its recipients.