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Protective Clothing: 3D Printing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL3347, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) 3D printers they have acquired, and (2) individuals with 3D printers have volunteered, to produce visors for NHS staff.

Answered on

30 June 2020

The Government is working around the clock to ensure that the National Health Service and social care sector have the equipment and support they need.

The Government is building up United Kingdom manufacturing with signed contracts to manufacture over two billion items of personal protective equipment through UK-based manufacturers, including facemasks, visors, gowns and aprons.

Photocentric, a producer of 3D printers and the polymer used to make printed parts, is supplying over 7.6 million protective visors over the next six months.