PVC for PPE - Supporting the NHS


Shropshire suppliers, WF Education Group is supporting schools to produce coronavirus face visors for NHS staff.

King Henry VIII School in Coventry, Castlederg High School, Northern Ireland and Birchwood High School, Hertfordshire have tweaked their IT and DT equipment to supply essential safety equipment for doctors and nurses.

The schools’ printing efforts come as NHS staff launched a nationwide plea for plastic sheets to complete face shields.

WF has been delighted to be able to supply rolls of PVC suitable for face shields - free of charge, to support the effort to help protect staff working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

DT departments are making a laser-cut polypropylene (PP) headband attached to a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) screen.

Stuart Sweetman, head of design technology at King Henry VIII School, came up with the idea after seeing a social media push among engineers to 3D print visor frames.

Having made 1000’s of masks already, Mr Sweetman said: "They are going out as fast as we can make them." Using laser cutters, they were able to produce about "one shield a minute" compared with 3D printers which were slower, he said.

To boost their resources, Mr Sweetman asked their regular suppliers of D&T materials and resources to donate or supply materials. TSL had several rolls available in their warehouse, ready for immediate dispatch.

WF Education’s Commercial Director, Gregg Corbett said “We find ourselves in very unusual times. It has been a pleasure to provide King Henry’s, Castlederg High School and others with PVC material to support the nationwide effort to provide safety equipment for NHS staff. It is particularly encouraging that the 3D Printing and Laser Cutting equipment TSL has provided, but which can’t be currently used by pupils, can be re-purposed in such a meaningful way.”

At the forefront of the latest innovations in STEM, WF Education Group’s TSL arm provides solutions in design and technology, CAD/ CAM, engineering, textiles, art, and robotics.

We work closely with colleges and schools to stay at the leading edge of STEM solutions and develop the best possible STEM experiences for today’s curriculum. Working with our customers to deliver their educational objectives, we offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the supply and installation of high-quality STEM products and equipment.

TSL would be happy to hear from other schools considering joining the effort to support NHS workers - we currently have limited stocks of high impact polystyrene sheets.

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