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3P innovation Set Up Community-led Visor Initiative That Has Distributed Over 18,000 Visors to The NHS and Care-worker Community

3P innovation have set up a community-led production initiative to produce and distribute PPE visors to the NHS and care-worker community.

The initiative was launched into action after 3P’s Managing Director, Tom Bailey, received a call from his sister (a retired NHS nurse but well connected) desperate for help getting visors. After this phone call, 3P pivoted part of their business to support Covid-19 NHS supply chain by designing and making visors on a not-for-profit basis.

Since announcing the project, a community hub of several hundred hobby engineers with 3D printing capabilities have come together to print the plastic components for the visors. They then send their printed parts to 3P’s Warwick facilities where they are checked, sanitised, assembled into full visor kits and shipped across the country to the NHS and care-worker community. 

In order to significantly increase production of the visors, Mondelez International generously funded the purchase of an Injection Moulding tool, which is now in production and producing over 5000 visors per week.  Combined with the 3D printed components, 3P can now produce circa 8,000 per week. One month on since the initiative began, over 20,000 visors have been distributed with the help of SSC Visor Bikes, Warwickshire Visor Bikes and volunteers from Midlands Freewheelers and Orbital Direct.

To support this project, 3P began a crowdfunding initiative which has now raised over £22,000. With each visor costing around £3 to make and an order book of over 25,000 visors that is increasing every day, 3P are reaching out to local business to support this project so that they can keep on producing visors for as long as they’re needed.

Simon Strothers, Business Development Director at 3P innovation, said: “We are truly amazed and humbled by the number of volunteers and businesses who have come on board to support this project. It has been amazing to see the community come together to help tackle the shortage of PPE. However, there are still chronic shortages of PPE and front-line workers are still being expected to work without the appropriate protection. With our order book increasing daily, it is clear that we need to keep producing visors for a few more weeks. We are therefore appealing to any local businesses who would like to get behind this project, support the purchase of materials that will produce another 40,000 visors and continue to protect our NHS and care-worker community.”

This initiative is strictly not-for-profit and all visors are being donated completely free of charge. If anyone would like to support this initiative, they can do so by donating through our GoFundMe page (link here) or they can email Simon Strothers at [email protected].

3P would like to thank all who have supported this project so far, whether that’s through donations, printing 3D parts or delivering the visors.

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