Tyndall PhD researcher Clara Skuse part of winning team at 2021 Making a Difference Awards
19 May 2021
The PPE Printing Project for Local NHS won in the 'Outstanding professional services for social responsibility' category
The PPE Printing Project team, led by Professor Brian Derby, printed and assembled visors for NHS staff and a partner project in Uganda to address critical demand for personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clara Skuse and her colleagues, Vicente Orts Mercadillo and Scott Dean, made over a hundred PPE visors using at-home 3D printers. They also collected the ends of University filament spools that are usually discarded (the quantity of material is not enough to safely leave the 3D printers un-attended). Clara and Vicente used the material in the home 3D-printers where they could monitor the printed visors and ultimately reduce plastic waste. They then cycled into University with bags of visors at a time to drop them off with the PPE team, who assembled them and sent them to local NHS hospitals during the first lockdown.