Covid19 Response - 3DCrowdUK PPE Face Shields for Key Workers
Welcome back to 3DPolyPosts!
Today's blog is covering what we at PolyPrints3D have been doing to help with the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in collaboration with 3DCrowdUK.
Firstly, we hope everyone far and wide is safe in these extraordinary times.
What is 3DCrowdUK?
3DCrowdUK CIC is a Non-Profit Voluntary Organisation which was setup in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to help fight the PPE shortage in the UK.
Poly Prints was involved in the early start to 3DCrowd and watched with many others it grow from a group of about 60 people to 8000+ Volunteers in a matter of weeks. The response from the 3D Printing Community has been nothing short of sensational.
In 6 weeks we have had a significant impact of getting PPE to those in need, delivering just over 145000 nationwide as a collective group of 3D Makers (As of 18/05/20).
What has Poly Prints been doing to help?
We joined just as any other maker, wanting to use our 3D Printers for good. Alongside this Jason (our founder) offered to become the Regional Coordinator for East Midlands/ Lincolnshire.
This entailed managing the entire region of makers and PPE orders with other assigned Area Coordinators. To which we enrolled one for each area to help: Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
Aswell as printing ourselves to help fulfill local community orders, Jason and his team of coordinators have managed to help deliver just over 14,000 PPE shields to the East Midlands/ Lincolnshire region (As of 18/05/20).
This was made possible by setting up local hubs for our communities of Makers to send the 3D Printed Parts into. Being based in Lincoln we liased with Bishop Grosseteste University who kindly offered us campus space and volunteers to help with our work!
What can other people do to help?
Being a voluntary non-profit cause we are supplying all these shields completely free of charge. If you need them you get them.
With that being said we rely on fundraising to continue to be sustainable at doing so, there is only so much time volunteers can fund this out their own pockets to keep going.
Please donate at https://3dcrowd.fund/ - 1 Face Shield costs roughly £2, so for your weekly Pub visit or Coffee shop meet up that you currently cant do in the current lockdown, you could help make protective equipment for those protecting all of us. The demand for these are still high, and 3DCrowd has the legal CE application to supply these officially by the government.
Otherwise if you have particular skills that you feel may help a organisation such as ours, even without a 3D printer (driving, marketing, fundraising) please dont hesitate to volunteer and join our wonderful community. Click this link and then Sign up to be a Volunteer.
I need some PPE Face Shields, How do I get some?
It is simple! Go to https://3dcrowd.org.uk/ and click "Request Shields" this will take you to a google form for you to fill out for the number of shields you need and relevant contact details.
We do not charge for these but ask if you can donate that you do as it helps provide these to you and many many others...some of which cannot afford to donate.
These are currently Priority for Health Care workers. Please consider the amount you request carefully as we may be able to help others faster if you dont need over 500 for example.
Thank you for your continued support in these extraordinary times. From myself with Poly Prints and from everyone at 3DCrowdUK we hope you are all safe and well.
Thank you and until next time, Happy Printing!