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17 April 2020

Sheffield Hospitals collaborate with the University of Sheffield to manufacture face shields for frontline NHS

Our clinical engineering and procurement staff have collaborated with engineers from the University of Sheffield to manufacture and distribute face shields for frontline NHS in Sheffield and Yorkshire.

The team includes experts in all stages of the manufacturing process, including 3D printing and disinfection, and an interdisciplinary team of engineers with a range of different specialisms so that the face shields can be quickly manufactured in bulk to help meet the needs of healthcare workers. The Trust’s critical care and infection control teams have also worked with the engineers to identify the best design to suit their requirements.

The University’s engineering facilities and Advance Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) have been utilised to manufacture the masks, and a manufacturing process has been developed that allows social distancing to be maintained. All materials entering the building are cleaned and the completed face shields are disinfected prior to distribution.

The initiative was prompted by the 3DCrowdUK initiative which was started with the aim of providing PPE to healthcare workers using 3D printing.

Professor Wendy Tindale, Scientific Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is very much a collaborative effort between the University, our own clinical engineers and our critical care and procurement teams.

“It is a great effort to work together to produce visors so quickly, and all involved deserve a big thank you.”

Dr Pete Mylon, from the university’s Faculty of Engineering, said: “I knew we could do something to help with the fantastic facilities we have at the University of Sheffield. Our multidisciplinary team is able to cover the complete manufacturing process for our face shields.”



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