Macclesfield, UK – Specialist polyurethane machinery maker Opus Technical has turned its 3d printing capability to making face masks for local hospitals.
The company said 'Using our state-of-the-art 3D printing facilities, we have been able to convert some of our manufacture over to helping the National Health Service in its fight against coronavirus.'
3D printing is used to make parts in its range of polyurethane foam machines. It is now being used to make head support strips. These are used with an acetate screen and gives healthcare workers eye, nose and mouth protection from splashes, spray and splatter, said the company.
Opus trialled prototypes with the local NHS hospitals and using feedback from the experience developed modifications which are used in the final design.
The masks are being supplied free of charge to local hospitals, Opus said.