University of Exeter volunteers build thousands of face shields for local NHS workers
A group of 70 researchers from the University of Exeter joined by 30 other volunteers are participating in the manufacturing of face shields to cover the needs of the local hospitals in Exeter.
They have built at least 2000 face shields to the date. However, their action is not limited to this. The group, coordinated by Tangerine Bee, has joined ‘PPE4Exeter’. By partnering with different volunteer efforts from the local community, they are reaching further to supply care homes and community teams with the protective equipment necessary in this difficult time.
The University has provided the material for the community project and is now extending its support to this group of researchers as they innovate in the use of 3D printing. The sense of community widespread during the pandemic provides the basis for the project, possible thanks to the collaboration of different enterprises that have combined their material and intellectual resources to address the shortage of protection.
Dr. Rupa Chilvers, Director of Tangerine Bee and leader of the volunteer researchers, highlights the role of Kaleider Studios in providing the Headquarters for the project to be developed. Dr. Chilvers also emphasises the specific contribution each member of the team brings to the success of the project. The team now focuses its creative power on developing new ways of providing technological support to the local community.
Editor: Elen Johnston