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UTC Reading use design and engineering skills to help NHS

UTC Reading are donating protective gear, and using their specialist equipment to make face shields, to help protect NHS workers from coronavirus. 

UTC Reading have donated material masks and latex gloves to the NHS, as well as using industry standard equipment, such as 3D printers, to create the frames for protective visors, that will be used as face shields, needed by our NHS right now.   

Year 11 student, Oliver, started production on his own printer at home and has printed over 20 headbands. He then applied the roll of acetate from UTC Reading’s Product Design department to start producing the facial shield of the mask. The overall design gives maximum protection along with comfort for long durations for NHS staff across the country. 

Oliver has already delivered the first set of masks to Twyford GP surgery, who, after evaluating them, have requested 10 per week so that each of their staff can have one.

UTC Reading Principal, Jonathan Nicholls, said: “In these challenging times, schools such as UTC Reading that have technical capability and resource can offer support to help in this crisis.

"Oliver has been engaging with design engineers online and has been prototyping solutions on his own 3D printer which is fantastic. He is now making larger volumes and our engineering technician, Janet Elgar now has the UTC's own 3D Printer at home so that we can increase the production volume further.” 

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