A suite of 3D printers originally destined for Cardiff University’s PARC Institute have been repurposed and relocated to manufacture visors for NHS Wales in the fight against COVID-19.
The 3D printing machines, including the latest in industrial HP 3D printing equipment, were ordered as part of a £500,000 Welsh Government-funded project to develop a new RemakerSpace centre at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.
When the coronavirus outbreak began however, the PARC team immediately started to plan ways of repurposing the PARC’s RemakerSpace equipment to help NHS Wales face COVID19.
Due to the temporary closure of the University campus, the first issue was finding a place to set up the machines. This is where DSV, a large global logistics company with facilities across the UK, stepped in and offered to set up the machines at DSV’s ISO9001 healthcare facility in Milton Keynes. Drawing from the expertise of DSV’s Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) section, the team was able to set up manufacturing in a matter of weeks to produce the much-needed visors. The LMS team had acquired 3D printing expertise through a previous knowledge transfer project (KTP) with Cardiff Business School.
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