An aerospace giant with a base in East Lancashire is busy making face shields for frontline medical staff.
BAE Systems, which has a site in Samlesbury, said its industrial and smaller-scale 3D printers are supporting the personal protective equipment (PPE) effort, producing face shields as well as innovative ‘door claws’ that help care homes reduce the spread of infection through door handles. As of last week, the company said it had 3D-printed more than 1,800 sets of head straps from Samlesbury which have been delivered to NHS workers in Blackburn, Preston, and Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, along with more than 5,200 plastic visors which we were bought from BAE’s suppliers.
Nationally, the company has delivered 64,000 face shields so far, with 145,000 expected to be delivered in total.
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