DPD have recently announced that they are working among other companies to support the NHS and will be providing a free delivery service to supply the NHS with protective 3D printed face shields.
The parcel delivery firm has joined forces with 3DCrowd, the community of 3D printer owners who are using their machines to help alleviate the acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. Thousands of volunteers across the UK are giving up their time and resources to create face shields – a full-face visor on a plastic headband – which protects the whole of the front of the face.
DPD will be collecting the 3D printed component parts from the volunteers and delivering them, free-of-charge, to a central hub in Sheffield where the face masks are being assembled by a company called Pimoroni. The delivery firm will then distribute the completed visors to various healthcare organizations across the country.
“This is a really smart example of a community working together and shows how our nationwide network can be used to support key services at this time. Our healthcare workers are doing a fantastic job – despite the exceedingly difficult situation they find themselves in. The supply of the much-needed face-shields is crucial, and we are delighted to be able to help.”
– Dwain McDonald, CEO, DPD
If you’re a merchant or brand who happens to use 3D printing technology as part of your business and would like to get involved in making visors for the NHS you can offer your services and register to volunteer here.
DPD are just one of the many companies coming together to help relieve some of the pressures faced by our NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. Royal Mint are said to also be creating protective visors to keep NHS staff safe from the Coronavirus.