A college in the Moorlands has stepped up to make much-needed PPE equipment for carers. Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle has made and delivered more than 100 protective face visors for carers in the local area.
A college in the Moorlands has stepped up to make much-needed PPE equipment for carers.
Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle has made and delivered more than 100 protective face visors for carers in the local area.
The project was led by the college’s Head of Design and Technology Jerry Watson with the help of Art teacher Hannah Gillespie and Design and Technology teacher Jade Chell.
While looking for materials, Jerry found a company which sells materials to schools who also had a design for a laser cut face visor which Jerry was able to download.
He adapted the design to suit the college’s laser cutter and tweaked it to help it stay together better.
The materials were ordered in the Easter holidays and the staff arranged to go into school on Thursday (April 23) once the materials had arrived.
To make the visors, three parts need to be laser cut out of sheet polypropylene which is very tough but flexible. The clear visor is made from an A4 sheet of acetate which has two corners rounded with scissors and four holes created using a hole punch.
The staff set up a mini production line to cut, clean and assemble the masks producing 100 in three and a half hours.
Jerry said: “I chose a laser cut design because I thought it would be a faster making process rather than using a 3D printer as some others have used.
“We certainly got faster with practice. Huge credit must go to Kitronik who provided an excellent design to use and the computer files that I adapted.
“Everyone has been very supportive and many people have offered to help.”
Jerry added: “It doesn’t feel like it’s a big thing to have done but I am glad people have appreciated the visors.
“I look forward to producing more.”
The visors have been delivered to Werrington Pharmacy, Ash Hall Nursing Home in Werrington, Werrington Co-op, Holly Lodge Nursing Home in Bucknall and Elizabeth House Care Home in Werrington – with many recipients commenting on the high quality of the products.
The college has now received requests for over 100 more from Ermvale House Care Centre in Cheddleton, Tunstall Medical Centre, Church Terrace and Beech Lodge Care Homes in Cheadle, Careers at J2 Independence in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Bradwell Nursing Home, Harewood Park Day Centre, Rowan Court, Newcastle-under-Lyme and plans to make these this week when more materials arrive.
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