15-year-old uses 3D printer to make masks for frontline NHS workers

A 15-year-old student from Reading is using his 3D printer to create face masks for frontline NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Oliver Hitchings is currently studying Engineering and Product Design at UTC Reading and wanted to help after hearing about shortages of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

By the end of this week he will have made 100 masks in total which are being distributed to local hospitals, community nurses and his local GP surgery.

The printer builds up in layers. It used to take about eight hours but now due to faster 3D printers it takes about one and a half hours per mask including about another 20 minutes to make up the face shields and headbands around the back."

Oliver Hitchings, Student

The collection Oliver is creating in the footage is a delivery of 20 for the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

His 3D printer makes the headband and then he cuts sheets of acetate to create the front of the mask.

Credit: Oliver Hitchings