Art and Design tutors at Goldsmiths, University of London have joined forces with a volunteer network of UK engineers, doctors, and designers to manufacture and distribute in-demand protective equipment for NHS staff.
Practice tutors are collaborating with Helpful Engineering, a group of more than 4,000 people working on Covid-19 related projects, including an open-source solution to produce full-face visors for frontline health and social care staff in local hospitals.
The team, from the Department of Art, Department of Design, and Department of Computing are combining skills and equipment to manufacture an open-source visor design in large quantities, with staff from all departments doing shifts on campus and using 3D printers in their homes.
Importantly, the visors – designed by Kitronik - can be sanitized and reused, reducing demand on congested production channels.
Using Goldsmiths’ laser cutters, 3D printers and large-format printers, volunteers are working on campus in the university’s studios, while keeping strictly to social distancing rules. Production of products began on Tuesday 21 April.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a critical shortage of many PPE items, and new sources for the production and distribution of these items sought in the UK and overseas.
Staff in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths are also involved in another ‘DIY PPE’ campaign, creating hundreds of face guards in their kitchens using the College’s 3D printers.
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