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R.E.A.L. Provides PPE

Providing frontline NHS staff with enough PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) due to the sudden, unprecedented demand brought on by the Coronavirus crisis is an ongoing challenge. Using the technology available at R.E.A.L., Duncan Allen, R.E.A.L. Education’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Coordinator, has stepped in to help!

Over the Easter holidays, Duncan took two 3D printers home for maintenance. When he heard about the PPE shortage issue within the NHS, he quickly realised that R.E.A.L. Education’s 3D printers could help. Linking up with 3DCrowd’s The Big Print, Duncan started 3D printing PPE.

Duncan said: “At a time where many people are feeling scared and powerless, I wanted to contribute to something positive that would make a great educational point for learners at R.E.A.L. who are accessing STEM curriculum resources.

“Recently our learners have been developing 3D printing skills by fabricating parts to build prosthetic arms and because of how keen they have been to be part of something that could change someone’s life, the immediacy of the need for PPE changes the motivation for our learners to help save lives.”

R.E.A.L.’s first batch of protective visors were shipped early in April and its efforts to produce more face visors, for both local and national frontline workers, are underway.

For more information about The Big Print, and to see if you can help, click here.


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