First 100 face visors delivered – more on the way
Late in the afternoon of Saturday 28th March 2020, Alex Fergusson (FACT’s CEO) received a call from Deloitte with unusual request – “do you have 100 visors you could spare for the Army and NHS?” At the time the answer was no. Then late on Sunday we got asked by colleagues at Imperial College NHS if we could get 100 visors to the Excel centre by 12:00 on Monday as that was when the first training exercises at the Nightingale Hospital were due to start… and they didn’t yet have any visors to show people how to properly use PPE. Fortunately, Alex and Declan Carolan (FACT’s Lead Scientists) had been assembling visors on Sunday whilst Amanda Parfitt (FACT’s Office Manager) had been laminating the transparent shields with her kids. As a result FAC Technology delivered the first batch of 100 face visors to the new Nightingale Hospital at the London Excel Centre on Monday 30th March. As far as we know, they are still being used in training!
FAC Technology is currently working with injection moulding companies in order to facilitate a higher volume production capacity, should it be necessary. In the short-term, we know there are a vast number of 3D printing communities who are happy to print the face visor part and assemble the elastic band and plastic sheet in order to make complete face visors ready for delivery. There has been a fantastic response so if anybody knows a way to easily distribute the PPE to the medical professionals that need it most, please leave a comment below or send an email to email@example.com
In addition, we along with others in the 3D printing community are working free of charge to help the NHS, and all face visors produced are donated to the hospitals. One of our community 3D printing companies is T-tek3d, who has made over 90 face shields ready to be supplied to hospitals. If you would like to make a donation to assist with T-tek3d’s manufacture of the visors, please visit the attached page