DPD supports NHS PPE makers

UK parcel carriers DPD are supporting 3DCrowd, a community of 3D printer owners who are using their machines to help alleviate the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline-COVID-19 workers in the NHS.

The 3DCrowd volunteers are offering their time for free, using their 3D printers to make the components of face shields – full-face visors on plastic headbands – that protect the front of the face from airborne virus particles when patients cough.

DPD is contributing to the programme by collecting the components free-of-charge from the volunteers and delivering them to a central hub in Sheffield where they are assembled by a company called Pimoroni. DPD will then distribute the finished visors to hospitals, GP practices and other healthcare organisations around the country.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented: “This is a really smart example of a community working together and shows how our nationwide network can be used to support key services at this time. Our healthcare workers are doing a fantastic job despite the exceedingly difficult situation they find themselves in. The supply of the much-needed face-shields is crucial, and we are delighted to be able to help.”