Design Technology departments in Edinburgh schools are creating face shields to protect NHS workers

Schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians have been using their departments’ expertise to help create face shields for the NHS to protect healthcare staff against coronavirus.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 5:00 pm
Staff have been using laser cutting technology to create face shields for NHS workers

After keyworker pupils go home, three healthy design technology staff members from Edinburgh Academy observe social distancing and individually assemble the laser-cut visors while gloved and masked.

The three of them can produce on average 40 masks per day and have encouraged other school workers with a design technology workshop and laser cutting facilities to help to battle the spread of COVID-19

On their website they have made public a free CAD file which can be used to make the shields and have advised that visors can be donated to local doctors surgeries, nursing homes, pharmacies and hospitals.

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They have also made a note of materials needed.

Newbattle High School design technology staff have also begun to attempt to make face shields for NHS workers by using 3D printing technology.

On the official Royal Family Twitter, they endorsed the school for their efforts and said: “A sincere thank you to all staff @newbattlehigh who are teaching 90% of classes online, distributing digital devices, providing home learning & staying open for key worker children.

“They have even begun to create face shields for NHS and care workers using their 3D printer!”