Devon college uses 3D printers to make Personal Protective Equipment for local hospitals

A college in Devon is using its own technology to help staff at Torbay Hospital tackle the coronavirus.

The team at South Devon College are making face shields and other protective gear to help keep doctors and nurses safe on the front line.

3D printers are being used to produce the headbands by staff at the college's Hi Tech & Digital Centre in Paignton.

The college is working with Torbay and South Devon NHS FoundationTrust, which urgently need more protective medical equipment to keep staff and patients safe.

So far they have also prepared 112 goggles, 187 safety glasses, three visors, four respirators, nine boxes of disposable face masks, and 19 boxes of disposable gloves to be donated and collected by NHS staff.

The college is urging any local businesses with 3D printing capabilities to help support the team by making more protective gear. Credit: South Devon College

The college is also urging any local businesses with 3D printing capabilities to lend a hand in a similar way and make more protective gear.

We’re proud that our dedicated staff have been innovative and able to step up so quickly to support the call for help from our wonderful NHS at this time of national emergency.

Laurence Frewin, Principal and CEO at South Devon College
A college in Devon is using technology to help staff at Torbay hospital. Credit: South Devon College

Following safety testing of the first prototype, the team are now working on producing around 100 face shields, which will be deliveredto the team at Torbay Hospital.

It’s fantastic to have this level of innovation available locally.

Adel Jones, Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust