The Grammar School at Leeds tech teachers make visors for coronavirus doctors

Staff at The Grammar School in Leeds are making visors for coronavirus doctors using 3D printers.
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Although student projects are on hold for the time being, the design technology workshop at The Grammar School at Leeds is open for business during the coronavirus outbreak.

The workshop’s 3D printers are working at full stretch as John Bagshaw, the school’s head of design technology, responds to the demand for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep frontline healthcare workers safe.

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In a press release on the school website, staff said many healthcare professionals are among the school's parents and alumni.

3D Printers at Leeds Grammar School3D Printers at Leeds Grammar School
3D Printers at Leeds Grammar School

The release said: "The school is already handling all the orders it can fulfil simply through word of mouth. Over 130 visors have been delivered to Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and GP surgeries across Leeds and beyond in the past week."

John said: “The masks go as quickly as I can make them.

"We are in full production mode with three printers churning out six masks an hour.

"It’s all hands on deck, with colleagues giving their time to help out in between their remote teaching sessions with students.”

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GSAL has also donated over 330 pairs of protective goggles, normally used in science and design technology lessons, to hospitals and health centres.

While the school has the machinery required to keep manufacturing vital PPE for our health workers, supplies of materials are running low.

The school would be grateful for supplies of A4 PET sheet or acetate sheet – the type usually used as covers for binding documents – or any CEL/Robox 3d printing filament.

Call 0113 229 1552 or email [email protected] if you can help.


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