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Barkingside man puts 3D printing hobby to good use making 50 masks a day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 09:32 04 May 2020

Steven Law has been making 50 face shields a day out of his Barkingside home. Picture: Steven Law

Steven Law has been making 50 face shields a day out of his Barkingside home. Picture: Steven Law

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A Barkingside man is creating 50 face shields a day by running his 3D printers non-stop from his children’s playroom.

He has provided the designs to Redbridge Library and donated PPE to Queen's Hosital, GP surgeries and pharmacies. Picture: Steven LawHe has provided the designs to Redbridge Library and donated PPE to Queen's Hosital, GP surgeries and pharmacies. Picture: Steven Law

Steven Law, normally works from home as a problem manager at BT, and has been interested in 3D printing as a side hobby for years.

Now that his wife and two children are home all day, he had to move his 3D printer to the playroom and he decided to start making PPE to help key workers.

Steven said: “At the beginning everything was being funded by myself out of my own pocket and I was happy to pay for it until I ran dry.

“Once family and friends heard about what I was doing they wanted to help and eventually my niece said I should set up a GoFundMe page instead of giving out my bank details constantly to everyone.”

He has also been making ear savers, which are used to protect the ears of key workers that are constantly wearing the surgical mask for long periods of time. Picture: Steven LawHe has also been making ear savers, which are used to protect the ears of key workers that are constantly wearing the surgical mask for long periods of time. Picture: Steven Law

The fundraiser hit £2,000 within a week and Steven said it showed how supportive everyone was of the cause.

He made 126 face shields and 65 ear savers on his first batch, which were delivered to Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

Cllr Jamal Uddin heard about Steven’s work through Facebook and shared the fundraising page to help bring in more donations and also connected him with Redbridge Library, which wanted to use his designs using its own 3D printer.

Cllr Uddin said: “Steven has been doing a fantastic job and I just wanted to help strengthen his hand and hopefully more volunteers will be inspired to come forward as well.

“Having the ability to make 50 face masks is a big difference to keeping those 50 people safe.”

On Tuesday, April 28, 30 of Steven’s faceshields were picked up to go to a local pharmacy and 105 face shields and 16 ear savers were collected by Virgin Care to be provided to urgent care centres.

He said he is happy to provide help or send out the design he used from National 3D Printing Society to anyone with a 3D printer who wants to make their own PPE.

Steven said the appeals for his PPE that have come flooding in have opened his eyes about the amount that is needed out there.

After reading reports of shortages of PPE at care homes Steven is keen to help provide them with PPE and urged anyone with shortages to get in touch.

To donate to Steven’s fundraiser visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-me-make-ppe-for-key-workers


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