Volunteers create thousands of PPE facemasks from Summerhall

I recently found out about an extraordinary group of engineers who have given their time to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

The Edinburgh Shield Force are a grass roots volunteer initiative running out of their Summerhall premises, in Edinburgh’s Southside.

Whilst perfecting their initial design of one using foam to one using a 3d printer the group raised funds through a crowdfunding website receiving hundreds of donations and over £30,000.

They now use injection moulding to create the shield frames which enables mass production, creating 2,000 masks per day.

The group have grown to over 75 volunteers working 7 days a week to produce vital equipment that is distributed to ICU’s, GP surgeries, Care Homes, Direct Nurses and Hospitals.

The initial group of engineering product designers had an idea and made it happen, going from initial ideas scribbled on a napkin to a fully operational mass producing pop up factory in one month.

I find that so inspirational and wish them all the best as they continue to help those on the front line.

To find out more and see how you can help visit their website below:
Edinburgh Emergency Medical Supplies

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