A school has utilised their Design and Technology department to produce their own personal protective equipment for NHS staff tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.

Bancroft’s School in Woodford Green has supported NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic as they created their own protective visors, which is vital in protecting staff from contracting the virus.

Marc Rogers, the head of the department, listened to the government request for anyone with manufacturing capabilities to send out more protective equipment to hospitals.

As a result, he teamed up with another D&T technician, David Fernandez to make use of their 3D printers and laser cutters.

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Mr Rogers said: “I found prototypes of the various components online and decided to build the Prusa MK3 developed by the 3D printing company Prusa.

“Each 3D printed frame takes 1.5 hours to complete, so to make best use of time we set the 3D printing in stacks of four overnight – the visors can then be constructed the next morning.

“We will continue to do this as long as we have the resources. We do foresee that sourcing the materials will become a problem.”

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All visors were placed in sealed bags for three days and then distributed by 3DCrowdUK and MedSupplyDrive to various NHS points.

Mr Rogers is looking to local businesses who have any spare materials to help further production.

If you can help with supplying materials, contact Marc via Twitter on @BancroftsDTE.