Hospitals and doctors have been reaching out via social media to ask for mission-critical help in solving the shortage of N95-type masks during the COVID-19 pandemic with people of all ages and from all walks of life joining the campaign to raise funds to provide them.
With lots of free time on his hands having been recently made redundant, Salford lad Ben Taylor realised that, with over five years of printing knowledge and experience, he could print face visors with his 3D printer and donate them to people who need them.
The homemade visors have been tested by Bolton Hospital Infection Control and have passed all necessary testing. Ben and his family are now fulfilling an order for 300 plus specifically for the hospital.
They are also printing orders for several more care homes, doctors surgeries and pharmacies.
Ben, 25, and his mum are currently printing from their garage 24/7 and as demand increases, more funds are needed for materials to enable them to continue. They are getting numerous enquiries day and night but cannot fulfil these requests without more donations.
Ben has just purchased his fourth printer. The more donations he receives, the more resources he can buy and the more face visors he can print.
“I’d like to thank all the very kind people for your donations,” said Ben. “I hugely appreciate it and the front line workers that I have delivered visors to already are so grateful to every one of you!
“With your donations I have been able to purchase a new printer which increases my daily production . I have also been able to buy more filament which enables me to print even more visors. Due to the generosity of some businesses who have been more than happy to help support my cause, I have been able to source printers slightly cheaper and some of the other materials. This means your donations go even further and I can print even more visors.
“I now have requests for visors coming in daily and have almost 2,500 requests in total from phone calls I’ve had. I can’t keep up with the demand so please continue to donate and share with family and friends so that we can protect these vital front line workers. Some of them are unable to get any face protection and are at risk of being in contact with people with COVID-19. If that was your son/daughter/ relative I’m sure you would want them protected as much as possible.
“Please help me help them. Every £5 you donate provides effectively 5 visors to front line staff. Their safety is the least they deserve in return for the valiant work they have been doing.”