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Schools and colleges across Cornwall make visors

Schools and colleges across Cornwall make visors

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:27pm 9th April 2020. (Updated at 12:41pm 9th April 2020)

Schools and colleges across Cornwall are creating visors for frontline NHS workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The face shields are made using 3D printers, often used in Design and Technology departments in schools.

Once made the visors are then being donated to the likes of Treliske and also to community nurses at the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

Among those creating the vital personal protective equipment for nurses include, Truro and Penwith College, Richard Lander School, Bodmin College and Truro School.

A number of health trusts are said to have been in contact and the tutors are spending the Easter holidays trying to supply as many as they can.

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Mr Baker from Truro School demonstrating the visors being made with 3D printers for NHS staff

The face shields at Truro School are made using an adjustable laser-cut polypropylene headband and a curved PVC shield, which can be wiped clean, with the help of various technology. 

"Once we had a prototype we were confident would work, we were able to generate overwhelming interest through social media in a short period of time, which gave us the motivation to get making immediately. 

"We were able to make 90 re-useable shields in a day, which have already been distributed to surgeries, care homes and hospitals across mid-Cornwall, and we plan to make more over the coming days."

Mr Baker, Truro School

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A visor made by the team at Bodmin College

At Bodmin College, they are hoping to make over 1,000 visors every day to try and meet demand across Cornwall. The team says they will continue to make them for as long as they are needed.

Staff at the college are also helping to make scrubs for hospitals, GPs and carers across the county.

"We are in full production mode with our 3D printer creating a broad range of products PPE for use by front-line workers - it's all hands on deck with colleagues volunteering their own time to help between their remote teaching lessons with students.

"We feel incredibly proud to be working together with schools across Cornwall to help NHS staff stay safe and healthy at this time of national emergency." 

Mark Talbot, Bodmin College

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The 3D printers in action making visors at Truro and Penwith College

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