3D print PPE for NHS - production volunteers needed

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Ed Chaney

Apr 1, 2020, 7:34:08 AM4/1/20
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Hi Everybody, hope you are well.

It's becoming apparent from first hand reports that the NHS does not have enough PPE in stock to provide doctors and nurses the protection from catching and spreading Covid-19. This is adding to the crisis and it affects us all.

There are a number of open source projects under way to manufacture PPE and So Make It is getting involved. We're looking for volunteers to help.

The project we are engaged with at the moment is producing plastic face shields: https://www.3dcrowd.uk/

We have 3 of our Lulzbot minis set up and printing right now at the space, the Taz 6 is also operational offsite. We are currently capable of producing around 80-100 units per day.

Our immediate needs: 
  • People with basic 3D print understanding to come to the space to mange, assemble and package the printed parts several times a day. We'd set up a rota for this.
  • Someone to fix the 4th Mini (it can be dropped to your house)
  • Someone to do change the extruder and do firmware update on the Taz3 (can be dropped to your house)
  • PETG filament (PLA is ok and we have plenty, PETG is better because of sterilisation)
  • A4 or larger OHP transparencies / binder covers
  • CAD support to modify any designs to suit our printers and materials (work underway on this already)
  • Someone to create the gcode to print on the large delta
  • Driver to collect and deliver completed parts to hospitals or drop off points
  • Anyone with a 3D printer at home to start printing
  • Coordinators
Please come and join the slack channels:

If you have significant printing capability then register as volunteer on 3dcrowd.uk, otherwise pool your resources with SMI. There are several designs being printed, 3dcrowd are focused on the Prusa RC3 https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc3 (we are printing a fast version of this which is compatible with the same screens). There is a slightly different fast design being printed in volume: https://3dverkstan.se/protective-visor/

Of course we need to do this whole operation with hygene at the forefront. Do not volunteer if you have any symptoms within the last 7-14 days. There is a more detailed SOP here: 

We need to maintain distancing as well so more than 2-3 people in the space at any one time is likely to be unacceptable.

Please get in touch if you can help, many thanks.

Stay safe,


Alistair Brugsch

Apr 1, 2020, 7:36:45 PM4/1/20
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The only thing remaining to be done to fix the 4th mini is the nozzle needs dismantling and unblocking. It may require heat guns and fine needles. It was the next thing i was going to do on my next visit to the space.

Once that's done it needs calibrating as the main control board was exchanged.

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John Haskins

Apr 3, 2020, 8:38:55 AM4/3/20
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Hi Ed

Yeah I can help let me know when? 
I have a clear schedule apart from Thursday’s when Rebecca is in school that day looking after key workers and I’m doing home school. 

Cheers ears


On 1 Apr 2020, at 12:34, Ed Chaney <edthe...@gmail.com> wrote:

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