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Many firms have adapted to very different production schedules to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. And not least among them are four patrons of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce – Jaguar Land Rover, Mondelez, the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. They have focused on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Chamberlink looks at how they have responded to this global crisis.

JLR supports frontline workers

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has produced 5,000 visors for frontline health workers. Jaguar utilised its CAD design expertise to answer

the Government call for more vital equipment to fight coronavirus. The only reusable, NHS-approved visor of its kind,

the design has been developed in consultation with a team of NHS healthcare professionals for efficient rapid prototype printing at the Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, home to one of the most advanced 3D printing facilities in Europe.

‘It is Jaguar Land Rover’s intention to make the open source CAD design files available to Additive Manufacturers and suppliers’

It comes as a national shortage of Personal

Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS staff on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 has resulted in many key workers suffering injury from wearing uncomfortable equipment for long hours or going without vital protective wear. Engineers in the Additive Manufacturing Centre, who

have designed and manufactured the visors, are also in discussions with suppliers and partners to scale up production. They hope to create a tool that will enable mass production.

University in PPE donation

Birmingham City University has donated over 1,000 items of protective equipment to frontline staff supporting the battle against coronavirus. Staff across the university’s

Arts, Design and Media Faculty collated hundreds of aprons, protective goggles and face visors to donate to Birmingham City Council’s appeal for equipment. The staff scoured the

It is Jaguar Land Rover’s intention to make the open

source CAD design files available to additive manufacturers and suppliers, so many more protective visors can be printed over the coming weeks. Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing and prototype

design manager at JLR, said: “It’s been a real team effort, we’ve trialled different materials and improved the design over several iterations in consultation with real doctors and nurses on the frontline – this has allowed us to create something truly fit-for-purpose. “Collaborative teams working at Jaguar Land Rover,

along with the wider 3D printing community, will continue to do what we can to help healthcare workers.”

Uni researchers share 3D printing expertise

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are sharing their expertise in 3D printing to make face visors for use by frontline medical staff in Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Students and staff from across the campus have teamed up to create a

manufacturing chain that is being led by Dr Sophie Cox, Dr David Bassett and Dr Thomas Mills from the School of Chemical Engineering. This includes 15 3D printers which have been assembled in the

University’s Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, and a further 15 machines operated in a distributed manner by staff and students. In the coming weeks the team will be operating these machines to produce around 100 visors per day. The design is taken from a commercially tested blueprint from 3D

manufacturer PrusaPrinters, based in the Czech Republic. PrusaPrinters are one of several companies to have published a visor design and made it freely available to 3D printing communities around the world.

Printed face shields are fab

Sandwell College’s Fab Lab is answering the call to 3D print hundreds of face shields for NHS frontline workers. The college was keen to use its Fab Lab’s own resources and help in

any possible way to respond to the shortage of much-needed PPE. After retrieving the three 3D printers, materials and a laser cutter

from the lab, manager Anne Scrimshaw has recreated her workplace digital laboratory and set up a print room in her house.


university’s technical work areas across its School of Jewellery, School of Art and Parkside Building to uncover more than 1,000 pieces of equipment. Gabe Stewart, head of

technical services at City University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, said: “We hope that our donations can make a difference to those delivering essential services during the ongoing crisis.”

Choc firm makes visors

Mondelez International, maker of snacks including Cadbury and Oreo, has joined forces with engineering company 3P innovation to help produce thousands of medical visors every day to protect front line NHS staff. The food manufacturer is

repurposing its 3D printing technology which is normally used to make chocolate sculptures at Bournville, the home of Cadbury, to help print the medical visors. Mondelez is helping to

produce the hard-plastic bands which connect the top and bottom of the visor. It has also invested money into the project so 3P can buy injection mould technology, which will mean the visors can be mass produced. Louise Stigant, UK MD at

Mondelez International, said: “I’m extremely proud that our

research and food engineering teams have come up with a creative way to repurpose our

chocolate making skills and technology, so we can print parts for the medical visors.” 3P is appealing for other

manufacturers and businesses with 3D printing technology and logistics services to support, so they can continue to make and supply the medical visors to more NHS workers and other frontline services. If you can help visit or email

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