UK architects offer new face shield design

From sharing innovative designs to offering reduced rates for services, architects in Chester, London and other cities across the UK are using their skills and assets to assist those working on the frontline in the healthcare profession.

An architecture and integrated design studio based in London has now designed an innovative face shield to protect NHS hospital staff and other health workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Architects Foster + Partners is now offering the design template along with its advised material specifications for the face shields so they can be rapidly mass produced. The protective visors are cleanable which means they can be reused multiple times. They employ a simple and straightforward design allowing them to be made quickly to fulfil sizeable orders.

Making use of a digital cutter, the project team at the firm managed to cut and then assemble the individual parts needed to manufacture 1,000 face shields in a single day. The architects claim this is far faster than producing protective visors utilising 3D printing methods.

A spokesman for the firm commented:

“We are sharing the design templates and material specifications as an open-source design asset. This is to encourage both designers and in particular large-scale manufacturers to investigate the potential of digital and laser cutting machines as an alternative to 3D printing technology.”

The architectural firm went on to say that it’s now delivering the prototype face shield for practical testing in various London-based hospitals while seeking approval for the design so it can mass supply health workers with the item.

Posted by Mark
April 20, 2020
Architects

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