Tom Macpherson-Pope has ploughed his own time, money and resources into creating invaluable PPE for frontline staff – all free of charge. The Lab Manager for The Making Rooms in Ewood, he is aiming to have donated 150 of the masks to frontline workers in the space of just a couple of weeks by using 3D printers and laser cutters.The 30-year-old has used his savings to buy materials for the masks and is utilising the group’s laser cutters and printers to create the frames.
“I consider myself what they call a ‘maker’. There are a lot of us all around the country and a group has been set up during the Covid response. I’m in a Whatsapp group for an organisation called Vulca, with hundreds of makers from all around Europe. People in Italy and Spain started posting about how bad things were getting there. They started posting links to projects to make masks, valves and ventilators. I knew I would definitely be making these things so thought I should start try to get started as soon as possible. The frame of the mask takes around four hours to print on a 3D printer and the plastic shield takes a couple of seconds to cut on the laser cutter.”
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