Protective visors for Corona front liners
Jaguar Land Rover starts the manufacturing of NHS-approved protective reusable face visors which will be produced in the company’s rapid prototype 3D-printing facility, one of the most advanced in Europe, Primarily, the company will 3D-print 1,300 visors per week for keyworkers, with the objective to progress the procedure for quantity production.
Jaguar Land Rover will be switching over its model build procedures to start the manufacturing of defending eyeshades for keyworkers, using its CAD design expertise to answer the UK Government’s call for more vital equipment to fight coronavirus.
As it is the only recyclable, NHS-approved visor available, the design has been advanced in conference with a line-up of National Health Service healthcare specialists for effective quick prototype printing at the Gaydon’s Advanced Product Creation Centre.
As a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS staff on the forefront in the battle against Covid-19 has caused many key workers to writhe from a wound due to wearing uncomfortable gear for prolonged durations or even going completely without it. Companies such as Pro2Pro in Telford are also join forces in order to determinedly manufacture 5,000 visors in only week for NHS trusts country-wide.
Trials have already been in production thanks to a dedicated team of healthcare professionals at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust before assembly began at Jaguar Land Rover.
Utilising rapid prototyping technology has allowed the engineers to work through several iterations of the design in under a week, allowing for medical staff to feed back and about improvements to be made. The engineers who designed and produced the visors in the Additive Manufacturing Centre are now in negotiations with providers and associates to improve production in hope to create a device that will permit mass production.
Jaguar Land Rover’s intentions are to make the open source CAD design files available to Additive Manufacturers and suppliers for a higher production.
Ben Wilson, Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing and Prototype Design Manager, said: “It’s been a real team effort, we’ve trialled different materials and improved the design over several iterations in consultation with real doctors and nurses on the frontline – this has allowed us to create something unique and truly fit-for-purpose.
“While this is a small effort, it is vital we help as many people as we can by utilising our resources. Collaborative teams working at Jaguar Land Rover, along with the wider computer-aided design and 3D printing community will continue to do what we can to help healthcare workers.”
The transparent guard is produced by using chemically-resistant polycarbonate, which is clipped by RGH Rubber Limited via a multi-cutter machine. Shaped with high-tech laser sintering, jet fusion and FDM processes, the team went to precise lengths to guarantee the cap can be worn comfortably for extensive time periods.
Dr Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remain our priority. It’s important we all utilise our skills, expertise and facilities to help protect NHS staff on the frontline during our country’s greatest crisis in a generation. We can all play a part in helping those who need it most.”
The visors are assembled by Jaguar Land Rover employees in a particularly designed hygienic area. Strict measurements are implemented to certify pre-contamination of the protective gear.
Jaguar Land Rover will carry on to work faithfully with the UK government and has presented its exploration and engineering expertise, digital engineering and design, 3D models and prototypes printing, mechanical education, synthetic intelligence and data science backing Jaguar Land Rover will also support those providing vital equipment for ventilator development.
Working intimately with the UK administration to offer support and expertise in these tough times is Jaguar Land Rover’s ultimate priority. They have officially listed in answer to the government’s call to action for business support in fighting the Covid-19 impact in the UK.
Land Rover is a member of the Disaster Relief Alliance, helping the Red Cross prepare communities for emergencies, provide relief during crisis and support in the aftermath with £200,000 already released to support Covid-19. Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations. 57 vehicles including 27 New Defenders from the press fleet have been put into service with the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food to vulnerable people including the elderly in the UK. A further 65 vehicles are supporting the Red Cross Societies in Australia, Spain and South Africa.