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Axiom GB has increased its production of PPE in response to the coronavirus pandemic, by 3D printing plastic parts for face shields.

Once completed, the face shield parts will be forwarded to a specialist 3D printing business, Solid Print3D.

The company started the charity initiative to help the NHS by producing face shields and appealed to other manufacturers to offer production support, where Axiom GB responded to the call.

Matthew Nickson, director of Axiom GB said: “As this devastating virus continues to put our NHS under immense strain, it is essential that we keep our frontline NHS healthcare workers as safe as possible. By supplying them with the PPE that they require it will help achieve this.

“Like much of the country we are working from home, but we are fortunate to live close to our production facility where we have a number of 3D printers. The process of producing plastic parts for face shields on a 3D printer is a slow one.

“At present we are dedicating two machines to producing parts on a permanent basis, making sufficient parts for six face shields every four hours. Naturally this involves regular visits to the facility to check on progress and replenish printing material supplies.

“Being in a position to make use of our advanced technology to assist with the country’s effort to protect our NHS is both an honour and a privilege.”