In the UK, London-based Pete Townsend, BIM model manager, and Tim Neobard, Project Controls Manager, are involved in two separate initiatives. Pete arranged to access WSP 3D printers plus all the printing materials that he could lay his hands on to start printing for an organisation called 3DCrowd UK. He is printing 100 shields a week and WSP has contributed funds to purchase additional printing materials so he can continue until there is no further demand. “Knowing that there was a demand for essential supplies and being in a fortunate position to have the equipment solution at hands, as engineers, it’s in our DNA to help in times of need,” he said.
Meanwhile Tim Neobard is using laser cutters to manufacture face shields as part of a collaboration with community workshop, East Essex Hackspace. “We crowdfunded to raise £10,000 to buy a laser cutter and materials for 13,000 face shields,” he said. “So far, we’ve produced 9,500 face shields for the local hospitals, care homes and GPs in East Essex and are awaiting requests for more. We also 3D-printed around 5,000 ear protectors for NHS workers.”