Historic Environment Scotland uses 3D printer to make PPE masks for frontline NHS workers

30 April 2020
A digital collage created by portrait artist Nathan Wyburn of 200 NHS workers, created as a 'thank you' to the key workers during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today announced that it has repurposed technology at its national conservation centre, the Engine Shed in Stirling, to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) visors for NHS staff battling Covid19 across Scotland.

Working with Scottish Enterprise and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, HES is using the Engine's Shed's 3D printing technology to produce the specialist protective visors, with the first batch of 50 masks this week delivered to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital for staff in its Maxillofacial department.

From today, the Engine Shed will now produce upwards of 50 PPE masks a week for the NHS and various organisations to support frontline staff across Scotland.

A country-wide battle

HES’s Head of Digital Innovation, Al Rawlinson, who has overseen the production of the protective visor masks said: “We typically use our 3D printers to create models of our sites and collections for conservation, learning and interpretation purposes.

"It's been hugely rewarding to repurpose the technology to assist the NHS at this challenging time.

"The masks have been produced to meet the stringent specifications required for these specially adapted protective visors.

“HES is doing a lot across our various teams and with our partners to support the wider, countrywide fight against Coronavirus. It’s an absolute privilege to help NHS staff in this way, and we would like to extend our thanks to the QEUH team for all their fantastic work.”

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